Hansdotter hangs on for slalom win in Lienz
Lienz, Austria – In the lead after the opening leg, Sweden's Frida Hansdotter held on to her position and clocked an overall time of 1:47.02 to finish just 0.07 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Wendy Holdener. Slovakia's Petra Vlhova came third, 0.43 seconds out.
Going into today’s race, the Swede was the only woman who finished on the podium in all three first slalom races but was still chasing her first win of the season, her career third.
“It was a very tight race and I knew it when getting into the start, I really had to go for it at every single gate,” said the 30-year-old. “It feels very good to be on top of the podium.”
“I started well but struggled a little bit in the end in the steep part,” she said about her 2nd run. “It was an amazing feeling when I saw the green light after crossing the finish line.”
Second after the first run, Wendy Holdener held her nerve and raced to her third career World Cup podium.
“It feels great like the first one”, Holdener said. “It’s awesome to be back. I had some problems at the start of the season, but I have always some problems at the start. So yeah, it’s nice to be back. And now some slalom races are coming, so let’s go!”
“I gave my best,” she added. “I was in the start and I knew Michaela was out, so yeah, I thought let’s go – full gas and you want to go on the top, and I was really happy that I did it.”
After claiming her first World Cup victory in Are (SWE), 20-year-old Petra Vlhova confirmed her scintillating form and was the fastest of the second run to claim another top-three finish.
“It was amazing,” confessed Vlhova. “My second podium, so I’m very happy because I think I was really fast in second run.”
The World Cup tour will head to Santa Caterina (ITA) next week for the fifth slalom of the campaign.
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