After finishing in second place four times in Kitzbühel (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020) Beat Feuz claimed victory today in the Hahnenkamm Downhill. He finishes ahead of Matthias Mayer (+0.16) and Dominik Paris (+0.56). Until today no man had collected more World Cup podiums on the Streif without ever winning.
It is his 37th World Cup Downhill Podium and his 11th Victory.
Beat Feuz put the hammer down and clocked the fastest time on the Streif racecourse, 1:53.77 seconds, the fastest anyone has skied down the full course since his countryman Didier Cuche did it three-hundredths faster some 11 years ago.
"It was a difficult race but of course it is a great joy for me, at Kitzbühel, (...) Everyone on the podium skied very well today", Feuz said.
Matthias Mayer, the 2020 Kitzbühel downhill winner, came in second place. The two-time Olympic champion took over the Downhill red bib thanks to today's second position.
Dominik Paris, the only active skier to have won multiple World Cup Downhill races in Kitzbühel (2013, 2017, and 2019), finished in third place.
The race was overshadowed by two big crashes and big delays.
First, Ryan Cochran-Siegle suffered a high-speed crash into the protective netting before the traverse below the Hausberg.
Four racers later Swiss Urs Kryenbuehl suffered a serious crash in the last jump before the finish line.
After the two interruptions, the weather started to turn for the worse with a southerly wind creating dangerous conditions and creating further delays.
After an interminable wait and once the bib number 30 Nicolas Raffort had completed the racecourse, the race jury stopped the race.
Today’s race was a replacement from the canceled Downhill in Wengen. Another Downhill on the Streif is scheduled for tomorrow, followed by a Super-G on Sunday.