Alpine Skiing: Brignone takes World Cup giant slalom in Lienz

Federica Brignone

LIENZ (KDN) – Italian Federica Brignone won ladies giant slalom competition of Lienz, Austria, edging out top favorites Mikaela Shiffrin from the US and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.

Brignone, the winner of Giant Slalom at 2016/2017 World Cup Finals in Aspen, United States, was looking for another victory ever since. Finishing first run forth, Brignone delivered a flawless second run, which gave her 0.04 seconds to beat her rivals.

Viktoria Rebensburg who led the first run held her position after second run just behind Brignone, the winner of slalom race at Lienz Mikaela Shiffrin made it to podium by 0.08 seconds back as third.

The ladies’ Ski World Cup circuit will continue with a city event in Oslo, Norway, in early January, then to Croatian capital of Zagreb, a GS and slalom at Kranjska Gora,Slovenia and a traditional night slalom in Austria’s Flachau ski resort on January 9th. (AT)

Alexis Pinturault wins the alpine combined in Bormio

The exciting fight between speed and tech skiers was won by allrounder Alexis Pinturault. Peter Fill finis second, ahead of Kjetil Jansrud in third at the alpine combined in Bormio.

At 11.30 this morning, the 51 athletes started with long skis on the Stelvio downhill. At the end of this first run, the winner from yesterday’s race Dominik Paris was the one in the lead, with +0.21 on Matthias Mayer and +0.50 in Peter Fill.

The only one from the first run that made it to the podium is Italian Peter Fill. The two times downhill globe winner was able to bring down a decent slalom run, to stay on the podium in second position, +0.42 off the winner’s pace.

Today’s World Cup win went to Alexis Pinturault. The Frenchman has been the “one to beat” in this discipline in the previous seasons, claiming the seasons standings four times in the last five years. Even with a particularly tough downhill, the giant slalom whiz managed to limit the damage in downhill, with a 16th place +1.65 behind, and laid down the fastest splits from top to bottom in the slalom run. This offers him the 21st World Cup win of his career and replaces him on the 5th place in the Overall ranking going into the New Year.

Only +0.02 behind the second place Peter Fill, Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud takes the third place again today. Finishing 4th of the downhill with three important contenders ahead of him, the attacking Viking knew he had to charge in the slalom and he was able to pull out a 15th run, that was enough to earn the last spot of the podium of this alpine combined.

This race concluded the “Italian Tour” and the events in Bormio. The World Cup now moves on to Oslo, where a City Event will be held for the first time on the ski jumping hill Holmenkollen on the 1st of January. (FIS)