And Hahnenkamm winner is …

22nd January 2010, by Chris Gill

Poised for action in Kitzbühel  []

Poised for action in Kitzbühel []

The 70th Hahnenkamm World Cup races are underway in Kitzbühel, and will continue until 24 January. Didier Cuche has already claimed the first medal, storming to victory in the super-G.

After the excitement of last weekend’s Lauberhorn in Wengen, the action has moved to Austria and the famous Streif course – where the excitement is building for Saturday’s men’s downhill. The race weekend is one of the highlights of the World Cup circuit and this year the course is reported to be in good shape for the event.

The 3.3km long Streif is considered one of the most challenging and technically varied of the World Cup downhill courses, including reverse-banked turns and jumps up to 80m such as the Mousetrap (Mausefalle). A crowd of 20,000 have already cheered on the racers in Friday’s super-G event. Switzerland’s Didier Cuche took first position with a time of 1:17:94, with Austria’s Michael Walchhofer in second place.

Saturday’s downhill event starts at 11.30am. The weekend rounds off with Sunday’s slalom.

Of course, you can catch the highlights on Ski Sunday (24 Jan – 5pm)

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