Marco Odermatt Back To The Top of The Podium in Alta Badia
After setting the best time in the first run outclassing the competition (only Henrik Kristoffersen loses less than a second with six tenths) Marco Odermatt, despite a mistake at the top section, won today's Giant Slalom in Alta Badia. It is his 15th win in the World Cup. He has won 4 races this season, 3 in Giant Slalom and one in Super-G.
For Odermatt it is the 10th victory in the Giant Slalom and the 12th podium finish in a row in the discipline. The 25-year-old is one of only 10 men who have recorded at least 10 victories in Giant Slalom.
"It was probably the toughest race of my career. It was extremely difficult for me to get into the run. You always have to go full gas, the relief is very great that it worked out with the third big win. Five days at home, that's much needed after long weeks already in North America, straight to Val d'Isère, Val Gardena, Alta Badia. Very hard time but a very nice time for sure, but looking forward to five days off. At home, people don't talk much about skiing. I think I'll take a five-day break from Instagram to enjoy everything", Odermatt said.
After today's win Odermatt increased his lead in the overall World Cup standings to 271 points over Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
Henrik Kristoffersen finished in second place +0.20 seconds behind the Swiss. It's his 75 podium in the World Cup, the 27th in the Giant Slalom.
The Norwegian has only claimed more wins and same podium finishes in Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora (3 wins, 6 podiums) than in Alta Badia (2 wins, 6 podiums).
“I wanted to be three or four tenths faster than Marco in the second run. It was great at the top, not very clean, but fast. Maybe I didn't take the speed with me in the lower part. But so far the results have been good in Giant Slalom", Kristoffersen said.
"Marco is skiing really good, he's skiing fast. He's on a cloud at the moment, he's just floating around", he added.
Zan Kranjec rounded up the podium in third +0.90 seconds behind Odermatt. It's his 11th podium in the World Cup, all in the Giant Salom.
"I'm really happy about today. Yesterday after the second run, I was a little bit worried for today because I didn't know exactly why I was so slow in the second run. Today I make some changes in the second run, also in the equipment, and it worked good", Kranjec said.