Alexis Pinturault is topping Sölden's GS 1st run
On Sunday, the men took over the Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden for their 2016/17 season opener. In the first run of the GS, the duel at the very top of the ranking between Alexis Pinturault and Marcel Hirscher went on right where it ended last season, as Switzerland’s Justin Murisier took 3rd.
The first to come down with bib 3 was last year’s globe winner Marcel Hirscher. The Austrian laid down a very strong run and put pressure on the shoulders of his contenders. But Alexis Pinturault, who ended only 76 points behind the Austrian in the discipline ranking last season, proved once again that he wants to play the main role in that discipline. His excellent performance allowed him to claim first place, 0.17 ahead of Hirscher.
For quite a long time, no one seemed to be able to shatter the two Giant Slalom Giants, until Justin Murisier came down. The Swiss racer, who has a long injury history and started his comeback last season and re-entered the Top15 group, earned the third place, +0.20 behind the leader’s pace.
For his second appearance on the World Cup Tour, young Marco Odermatt made a notable run. The Giant Slalom Junior World Champion finished 12th and was only 1.48 seconds slower than Pinturault.
With seven racers within a second, including André Myhrer (SWE, +0.51), Stefan Luitz (GER, +0.60), Felix Neureuther (GER, +0.74) and Marcus Sandell (FIN, +0.92), the second run looks very promising. Tune in at 13:00 CET to see who’ is going to win the first race of the season.