Sovereign Marco Odermatt also won the Val d’Isere
The man from Nidwalden once again showed an excellent performance in the giant slalom in the French Alps and beat Alexis Pinturault. Loïc Meillard and Justin Murisier finished in the top ten in difficult circumstances.
Currently, Marco Odermatt remains the barometer of all things Alpine Ski World Cup. The man from Nidwalden won the giant slalom at Val d’Isère after two impressive runs ahead of France’s Alexis Pinturault (+0.59sec), the World Cup winner in total and giant slalom last season. For 24-year-old Udermatt, it was his seventh World Cup win of his career, and his third this season. From a Swiss point of view, this was the first World Cup victory in Val d’Isère since 2008. At that time, Carlo Janca was victorious in the French winter sports resort.
Third was Austrian Manuel Feller (+1.24). Filip Zubic had to swallow a bitter pill: the Croatian, who finished third after the first half, had to bury his hopes of reaching the podium with a bitter elimination in the second round.
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“I always tried to stay on the line somehow. I managed to do it”, I analyzed the winner after his two great runs. After the first round he said, “I didn’t have a good feeling during the race. Everyone knew it was going to be a fight.” Central Switzerland hinted at the difficult conditions. In the days leading up to the race a lot of fresh snow fell in Val d’Isere, which had a negative effect on the very rugged slope condition.
But for Loïc Meillard and Gino Caviezel, the race did not go quite as expected, showing difficulties in difficult downhill conditions. Millard was at least able to correct a poor first-round impression; Neuchatel made it into the top ten in seventh place. On the other hand, Gino Caviezel slipped to 17th place after a fatal error in the second round.
Justin Maurizier came third best Swiss in a decent ninth. Thomas Tumler improved dramatically from 29th to 14th thanks to a flawless second run. Daniel Seit came in 23rd. Cedric Nuger (47) was the only Swiss who missed the jump to the second round.
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