The big globe for Marco Odermatt. The little one for Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. The Courchevel men’s downhill, the first race of the World Cup finals, covered the two best skiers of the winter in crystal clear light, each in their own field. Fourth on the Eclipse this Wednesday, just behind his great rival Beat Feuz, Kilde won the small downhill globe for the first time in his career. The Norwegian, on the other hand, cannot mathematically come back to Odermatt in the general classification. Second in the downhill behind Vincent Kriechmayr, the Swiss won his very first big globe at the age of 24 and succeeded Alexis Pinturault.

With 1459 points, and 359 ahead of Kilde before the last three races of the winter, Odermatt can no longer be caught. His victory in the general classification was no longer in doubt for a long time. It is now official. The Swiss did not go far from making a double hit on Wednesday. Bib 9, he indeed seemed very well on his way to signing the first downhill victory of his career when he relegated Beat Feuz, then holder of the best time, to 20 hundredths on the finish line.

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But that was without counting on Vincent Kriechmayr, bib 11. The Austrian cut the Savoyard track from bottom to top to finally push Odermatt back to 34 hundredths. He offers himself, at 30, his 11th victory on the circuit, the 2nd of the winter after Wengen.

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Clarey only 17th

Olympic champion Beat Feuz did not go very far from winning a 5th consecutive small downhill globe. For that, it would have been necessary at least that a skier is inserted between him and Kilde. But that was not the case, the Swiss finishing 3rd in this descent 54 hundredths behind Kriechmayr and 30 hundredths ahead of Kilde (4th).

The only Frenchman qualified for this downhill final, Johan Clarey was not having a great day this Wednesday. Worn out by a season that saw him finish on the Kitzbühel podium and win the silver medal at the Olympics, the Tignard took 17th place at 2”74. Was it the last race of his career? The 41-year-old skier has not yet solved this mystery.

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