Holdener wins first race of the season at Lenzerheide alpine combined

26 January 2018 16:14
Impressions Lenzerheide AC 2018
Impressions Lenzerheide AC 2018 -
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Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, the defending alpine combined world champion, has been gunning for a victory all season with five podiums but no first place results until the tour rolled into Lenzerheide. In front of the Swiss crowd, Holdener claimed her first win of the 2017/18 winter with a blazing slalom run following a commendable finish in the super-G.

Holdener bested Marta Bassino by 1.55 seconds as the Italian, who has three GS podiums on her resume, secured her first ever alpine combined podium finish in second place. Ana Bucik of Slovenia, who finished the super-G in 30th and therefore started the slalom run first, held the Audi leader seat through the majority of the second run and moved up 27 positions. She ultimately finished the race just 0.01 seconds behind Bassino for her career-first World Cup podium. 

Lindsey Vonn skied the fastest super-G run in the morning and skied into fourth place overall. Nevena Ignjatovic of Serbia moved up 18 positions with her slalom run to finish a career-best sixth. 

A giant slalom will be contested at Lenzerheide on Saturday with runs at 10:15 and 13:15 CET.

Full results from today's race are available here