Pinturault wins big in Kranjska Gora
After placing four times on the podium in Kranjska Gora, HEAD World Cup Rebel posted the fastest time on the first run and carried on to take the win in the World Cup Giant Slalom race. A small mistake on the first run did not stop him posting the fastest first run time and then extending the lead on the second run. Marcel Hirscher took second and Thomas Fanara third with six time Kranjska Gora winner Ted Ligety taking fourth.
The hard and icy conditions were a stark contrast to the soft snow the racers experienced last time out in Garmisch yet this appeared to prefer these conditions.
Pinturault said after the race “it was amazing as I was leading after the first run after I had made the mistake at the top on the steep part, when you make a mistake in this kind of condition it is less important than the flat part. It was amazing as Marcel is really, really strong this year.” Pinturault then added “the main goal was to push harder on the second run because you never know what could happen.” Pinturault extended his lead on the second run.
While there was to be no seventh race-win in Kranjska Gora for Ted Ligety in Kranjska Gora this year, hitting a stone on the first run meant that he had an uphill challenge to be in the mix. Ligety attacked from sixth after the first run and while he took the lead in the finish, the shake of the head explained he knew it would not be enough to win. “I did not ski very well on the first run as I hit a rock,” explained Ligety, “so I had no chance there and just tried to stay in the course. On the second run I made some good turns but made some big mistakes as well.”
For Gino Caviezel, eighth place was his best result so far so he was happy with this. “I hoped to be in the top ten, so I am happy but I always look to do better!” This result has also elevated him into the qualifiers for the World Cup Finals “so I hope I can do a better result,” he explained.
Rainer Salzgeber, racing Manager of the HEAD World Cup rebels said after the race “This is a very good day. It was a big fight this year in GS and the team made a small change and this has worked well. Before the finals it is nice to dominate the GS like this. Sixty eight hundredths ahead of Hirscher is quite something especially after the last race!”
Alexis Pinturault jumps up to third in the Overall standings with this win and also into second in the Giant Slalom standings. Pinturault, Ligety, Caviezel, Mathieu Faivre, Matts Olsson and Kjetil Jansrud have all qualified for the World Cup Finals in Giant Slalom.
1. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
2. Marcel Hirscher
3. Thomas Fanara
4. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
8. Gino Caviezel (ITA) HEAD
15. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD
23. Andre Myhrer (SWE) HEAD
24. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
25. Matts Olsson (SWE) HEAD