Hirscher stays king of Alta Badia GS
Austrian Marcel Hirscher continued his dominance in Alta Badia (ITA) as the defending World Cup Overall winner, took home his fourth straight giant slalom victory on the Gran Risa course.
It was the first victory for Hirscher this season in the giant slalom, although he had two second place finishes in the young 2016-17 season.
Hirscher was the man to beat the entire day as his consistent skiing gave him the fastest time on both the first and second runs. He started the second run with a 0.21 second advantage over Mathieu Faivre (FRA) and in the end added another half second to the margin as he won by 0.71 seconds. Faivre ended the race in second place, in another strong showing for the Frenchman, who celebrated his first career World Cup victory two weeks ago in Val d’Isere.
Much to the delight of the packed crowd, the Italian team placed a racer in the top three after Florian Eisath took home third place. Zan Kranjec (SLO) was a surprise fourth-place finisher, his run today matched his previous best career World Cup finish, when he also took fourth this season in Soelden.
There were surprises in the DNF column as well as Ted Ligety (USA) didn’t make it far on his first run. Other notable DNF’s from the first run included Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR), Carlo Janka (SUI) and Philipp Schoerghofer (AUT). Also Alexis Pinturault (FRA) came away with no World Cup points after he suffered a crash in his second run, but fortunately looked to be uninjured.
It was Hirscher’s 41st career World Cup win, which now moves him up to fourth on the all-time victory list. Hirscher will look to add to his victory total tomorrow when anything is possible for the nighttime parallel giant slalom. Last year, speed ace Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) took home the crown, so this year the technical racers are sure to be hungry for the victory.