Clarey finishes in 12th place
This Wednesday, during the World Cup finals, the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr won the Soldeu downhill, while Johan Clarey ended his career in 12th place.
Vincent Kriechmayr did it again. Already a winner last year in Courchevel-Méribel, the Austrian won again on the downhill during the World Cup finals. This Wednesday, in Soldeu (Andorra), the world champion in the discipline at the 2021 Worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) made the difference in the last two sectors and signed a fourth victory this season in downhill. On the podium, he is just ahead of two Germans, namely Romed Baumann (0″09) and Andreas Sander (0″13).
Expected, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Marco Odermatt were disappointed. Already winner of the specialty globe, the Norwegian had to settle for the 6th time (at 0″30), while the Swiss finished 15th (at 1″01). Finally, for the last race of his immense career, Johan Clarey (42) was the best Frenchman with a 12th place (at 0″72). On his arrival, the latter was celebrated as it should be and was notably watered copiously.
𝐌 𝐄 𝐑 𝐂 𝐈 𝐏 𝐎 𝐔 𝐑 𝐓 𝐎 𝐔 𝐓 @yoclarey 🙌 pic.twitter.com/thJyVXtZEz
— Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) March 15, 2023
The strong emotion of Clarey for his last
“It was very moving this morning before the start, before and after the inspection in particular. I had good vibes, the others congratulated me. I almost cried several times. It was difficult to concentrate on the race. I think I had a good race, I’m very happy. I’m relieved now, it’s the end of my career. I’m a tourist now! (…) I will try to take advantage of it as much as possible this week. It was a big relief (to cross the line). I could feel how great the pressure was. I am satisfied with what I have accomplished during my career. And there, I’m just happy”, subsequently reacted Clarey, at the microphone of Eurosport. The skier from Tignes therefore ends with 240 starts in the World Cup, not to mention his many successes. The other Blues are much further away, with Nils Allègre (19th), Adrien Théaux (23rd) and Alexis Pinturault (24th).
ALPINE SKIING – WORLD CUP FINALS (H) / SOLDEU DOWNHILL
Final ranking – Wednesday March 15, 2023
1- Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) in 1’26″59
2- Romed Baumann (GER) at 0″09
3- Andreas Sander (GER) at 0″13
4- Daniel Hemetsberger (AUT) at 0″23
5- Dominik Paris (ITA) at 0″27
6- Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) at 0″30
– Mattia Casse (ITA) at 0″30
8- Otmar Striedinger (AUT) at 0″40
9- Florian Schieder (ITA) at 0″46
10- Niels Hintermann (SUI) at 0″50
12- Johan Clarey (FRA) at 0″72
19- Nils Allègre (FRA) at 1″60
23- Adrien Théaux (FRA) at 2″02
24- Alexis Pinturault (FRA) at 2″18