Just like last week, the suspense around the second run of the Giant Slalom at Val d’Isère was big, with local Alexis Pinturault in the lead after first run, more than half a second ahead, and holding on in second run to claim his first giant slalom win on “La Face”.
After very successful races last week-end on the O.K. course last week, Val d’Isère is now hosting its traditional “Criterium de la première neige” with a tech races on “La Face” in the very centre of the village. The first run of the Giant Slalom just came to an end, and Frenchman Alexis Pinturault is in the lead, ahead of Stefan Luitz and Marcel Hirscher.
What an exciting race! The level of this giant slalom on the O.K course in Val d’Isère (replacement of Beaver Creek) was extremely high and the scenario with a fired up local French team very exciting. In the end, it’s a maiden victory for Mathieu Faivre, who climbs on the highest step of the podium between both standings leaders Marcel Hirscher (2nd +0.49) and Alexis Pinturault (3rd +1.11).
Traditionally Val d’Isère hosts a tech week-end on „La Face“ in December, but this year, in addition to the so called „Criterium de la Première Neige“, the French resort took over the cancelled races from Beaver Creek and is holding one more giant slalom on the “O.K.” course in “La Daille”.
The first downhill of the season was held under amazing conditions on the „O.K.“ course in Val d’Isère. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud topped the field to took his second win in two days, as Peter Fill (2nd +0.26) and Aksel Lund Svindal (3rd +0.33) rounded out the podium.