Cuche nips Guay for Garmisch win, Bode punished

didier cucheThe record for oldest man to win a World Cup race got another week added on when Didier Cuche outperformed the field in a fog shortened “sprint” at Garmisch Saturday (Jan 28) for his second straight downhill win, his third win of the season and 20th of his career. The finish, with Erik Guay second, reversed the order of last season's World Championship race on an adjoining course. Historically Garmisch has been good to Canadian Guay and that trend held, getting his first podium of the season.  Austria again missed the top spot but had Hannes Reichelt in third. All three had to wait until the 46th skier came down to get comfortable as Bode Miller was dropped back from start 16 to that start position as punishment for being late for the public bib draw. The race start was moved to the super G start due to fog blanketing the top of the course, a move anticipated by weather forecasts and mentioned as a possibility at the Team Captain's meeting the previous night. It was a tight line and the usual impeccable execution that brought Cuche, 37 years-five months, his first win at Garmisch since 2004. While others tried to attack the Kandhar 2 course, missing the line made for a bumpier more difficult track. He took over the lead of the downhill standings from teammate Beat Feuz, the 23rd finisher on the day. Guay ran into trouble when he "booted out" had a boot touch the snow and fell to his hip. "I said 'It's over'," Guay said. "Then my skis hooked up and I stood up and said 'Aw I can probably make that next gate. If you give me that 20 times I probably can't repeat that, but I pulled it off and actually had some pretty good speed coming out. I knew I had to push the rest of the course and stay low, but at the bottom I was pretty surprised (to discover he was winning). Cuche gave credit to his serviceman for "really, really fast skis" and said he knew he needed to be particularly fast on the middle part of the course, which is where he hit the line perfectly and maintained form on the one major jump. Jan Hudec continued to ski strong in a comeback season finishing 12th. Miller was forced to deal with a much beat-up track when he ran late and finished 35th and out of the points. Travis Ganong led the US in 27th place with Marco Sullivan 28th. Erik Fisher just missed points in 32nd. MORE TO COME Gepa photo FIS World Cup Men's Downhill
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  20  510030 CUCHE Didier 1974 SUI  1:09.10  0.00
 2  13  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN  1:09.37  5.20
 3  14  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:09.40  5.77
 4  11  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:09.49  7.51
 4  1  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  1:09.49  7.51
 6  23  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:09.53  8.28
 7  15  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:09.54  8.47
 8  17  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:09.60  9.62
 9  12  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:09.65  10.59
 10  9  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:09.71  11.74
 10  8  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:09.71  11.74
 12  3  102271 HUDEC Jan 1981 CAN  1:09.74  12.32
 13  6  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:09.83  14.05
 14  25  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:09.85  14.44
 15  37  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:09.87  14.82
 15  2  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  1:09.87  14.82
 17  5  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:09.89  15.21
 18  10  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  1:09.99  17.13
 19  24  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:10.01  17.52
 20  22  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:10.02  17.71
 21  36  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:10.14  20.02
 22  19  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:10.18  20.79
 23  46  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:10.20  21.17
 23  18  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:10.20  21.17
 25  50  103385 PRIDY Conrad 1988 CAN  1:10.26  22.33
 25  49  510747 GRUENENFELDER Tobias 1977 SUI  1:10.26  22.33
 27  34  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:10.31  23.29
 28  33  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:10.32  23.48
 29  29  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:10.33  23.67
 30  7  510767 HOFFMANN Ambrosi 1977 SUI  1:10.37  24.44
 31  21  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:10.43  25.60
 32  31  534939 FISHER Erik 1985 USA  1:10.47  26.37
 32  26  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:10.47  26.37
 34  45  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  1:10.52  27.33
 35  16  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  1:10.54  27.72
 36  48  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:10.56  28.10
 37  28  191591 BERTRAND Yannick 1980 FRA  1:10.58  28.49
 38  4  501076 OLSSON Hans 1984 SWE  1:10.64  29.64
 39  30  51005 SCHEIBER Mario 1983 AUT  1:10.73  31.37
 40  35  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:10.74  31.57
 41  38  500150 JAERBYN Patrik 1969 SWE  1:10.78  32.34
 42  44  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:10.81  32.91
 42  40  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:10.81  32.91
 42  32  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:10.81  32.91
 45  43  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:10.99  36.38
 46  39  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:11.04  37.34
 47  42  561087 MARKIC Gasper 1986 SLO  1:11.06  37.73
 48  51  561085 KRIZAJ Andrej 1986 SLO  1:11.28  41.96
 49  55  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  1:11.72  50.43
 50  52  20267 ESTEVE Kevin 1989 AND  1:11.96  55.05
 51  53  531799 FORD Tommy 1989 USA  1:12.79  71.02
 52  54  90131 GEORGIEV Georgi 1987 BUL  1:13.03  75.64
 53  47  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA  1:18.73  185.35
Did not finish 1st run
 41  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN
 27  201606 KEPPLER Stephan 1983 GER
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