Alpine skiing – Kristoffersen wins Alta Badia giant slalom with a late charge


(Reuters) – Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen won his first World Cup giant slalom title of the season after a thrilling victory in Alta Badia, Italy on Sunday.

In 2019, Kristoffersen became the first Norwegian to win the Alta Badia giant slalom and a clear second round brought him glory once again in northern Italy with a time of 2: 25.04.

Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt, who seeks to become the fifth man to win the first three giant slalom events of a World Cup season after wins in Solden and Val d’Isère, came second, 0.31 seconds behind.

“I’m really happy,” Kristofferson told Eurosport. “The GS (giant slalom) was difficult last year. I knew this year was going to be better.

“We got so much better after Solden. Val d’Isère was a step in the right direction. I made some changes to the skis two days ago and the second run was amazing.

Austria’s Manuel Feller finished on the podium last weekend and finished 10th in the top three at the World Cup after storming back late in his second run to finish third, 0.37 seconds behind Kristoffersen.

Mathieu Faivre has finished on the podium in four of his last seven giant slaloms, including winning world championship gold at Cortina 2021, and the Frenchman led after the first run, but a disastrous second run did. fall to 16th place.

Odermatt still leads the overall Giant Slalom World Cup standings and will have another shot at winning at Alta Badia on Monday.

(Report by Peter Hall, edited by Ed Osmond)

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