Ninth place for Adrien Theaux in World Championship Alpine Combined in St Moritz
Adrien Theaux produced the best result for the Rebels on a day where the ruts grabbed the attention
It was bright sunshine and more importantly no fog to be seen for the men’s Alpine Combined in St Moritz. With a downhill and a slalom run to be negotiated by the racers, the best combined time would see the World Champion title awarded. By the culmination of the race, seven Rebels finished in the top 30 in St Moritz with Adrien Theaux the best placed in ninth.
Theaux was second after the Downhill leg and “very pleased” to have placed highly. Despite slipping out of the medal places Theaux was reasonably happy with his performance, knowing he is not a regular slalom skier.
If Theaux was happy, Alexis Pinturault was left frustrated. Pinturault has already won the Globe fort the discipline on the World Cup and had high hopes of adding a World Championship title to this. Pinturault was 20th after the downhill leg and managed to move up ten places in the slalom. Despite moving up the leaderboard in the slalom, Pinturault was frustrated with how the course conditions deteriorated so quickly after a few racers. He explained: “It was impossible to make quick fast turns with so many holes in the course.”
Bjoenar Neteland had a solid downhill run and backed that up with a fast slalom. Neteland finished 16th and moved up eleven places after the slalom. Neteland was “happy” with his performance considering he was quite far down after the downhill, but had been hoping to fight his way into a top ten position.
Matthias Mayer was “satisfied” with tenth place after the downhill, but admitted it would be hard for the speed specialists to grab a medal. He explained: “The slalom skiers finished far down so they will get a clean course, which means they will go faster.” Mayer had a good slalom run and finished in 17th place.
Other Rebels to finish inside the top 30 of the Alpine Combined were Jared Goldberg in 21st place, Josef Ferstl 25th and from bib 53 Joan Verdu who finished 27th place.
Kjetil Jansrud was sixth after the downhill leg but pulled out of the slalom. Jansrud has been suffering with illness for a few days and decided he didn’t have enough energy for the slalom.
Next race for the Rebels in the World Championships is the ladies Giant Slalom on 16th February at 9:45 CET.
1 Luca Aerni
2 Marcel Hirscher
3 Mauro Caviezel
9 Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
10 Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
16 Bjoenar Neteland (NOR) HEAD
17 Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
21 Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD
25 Josef Ferstl (GER) HEAD
27 Joan Verdu (AND) HEAD