After six years of Marcel Hirscher's supremacy, it was time for Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) to step up and win an amazing giant slalom race in Alta Badia. Thanks to a sensational second run on rough terrain, the Norwegian climbed up from fifth position to secure his 20th World Cup victory, 0.31s ahead of Cyprien Sarazzin (FRA) and further 0.08s faster than Zan Kranjec (SLO). He's the first Norwegian ever to win on the Gran Risa.
It's the second podium in Alta Badia for Sarazzin, who had already won a Parallel Event in 2016 on the final section of the Gran Risa. The French man had finished the first run in 22nd position and scored the fastest time in the second run, advancing 20 positions.
Kranjec proved again his magical moment and incredible consistency (always top 4 in GS this season) with a third place on one of the most iconic slopes of the World Cup Tour. The Slovenian is now sitting in second position in the Giant Slalom ranking, 23 points behind Henrik Kristoffersen.
Norwegian Nestvolf-Haugen was leading the race after run 1, but was not able to stay with the bests in the second run, finishing only 11th overall.
Tomorrow it's time for the first Parallel of the season, with the qualfication starting at 15.00 and the elimination rounds at 18.15.