Dopfer tops first run in Yuzawa Naeba
The Japanese resort Yuzawa Naeba can be proud of his come-back in the World Cup circuit. After a challenging week with more than a meter fresh snow, the course was rin a perfeft shape for the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup since 10 years in Japan.
The break was also long for the Giant Slalom athletes. Unfortunately, both races planned in January (Adelboden + Garmisch) had to be cancelled due to warm weather conditions, which means that the last Giant Slalom was in Alta Badia on December 21st.
Germany's Fritz Dopfer clocked the fastest time in the first run set by the Austrians. He was +0.52 ahead of Frenchman Alexis Pinturault and +0.73 faster than GS-Standing-Leader Marcel Hirscher.
"With these snow conditions you have to be smart and active, because in some sections, the course doesn't give you anything and you have to push hard", said Dopfer. "I'm very happy with my first run, but it's only half the race, I hope I can keep it up in the second run."
The second run will start at 13.00 LOC / 05.00 CET. Make sure you tune in to know who will take the Japanese Giant Slalom.