It was a beautiful day in Germany for Team Rossignol during the first giant slalom of Ofterschwang. Irene Curtoni ends third equally with Elisabeth Goergl. The Italian, regularly in the Top 15 of the discipline, signs the first podium of her career.
On the fifth place and at only two hundredth of the podium, Jessica Lindell-Vikarby made a good result today. Rather specialized in speed disciplines, the Swede showed interesting things in giant. 8th in Sölden in the beginning of season, she marks the best result of her career in this event.
On the other hand, Tessa Worley realizes a small disappointing performance and loses her red bib of leader of giant's World cup. Seventh after the first leg, she will stay in this rank. Viktoria Rebensburg takes the 100 points of the victory today. The skier of the Grand-Bornand counts now 44 points of delay on the German but stays nevertheless in ambush.
Three other racers form Team Rossignol entered in the Top 15 : Federica Brignone (13th), Lara Gut (14th) and Anémone Marmottan (15th).
Jean-Baptiste Grangegets closer to the podium! In delicacy with his back since the beginning of season, the skier of Valloire felt reassured during the giant of Crans-Montana. He signed the best time of the second run and made a big rise. Indeed, after the first run, he was only on the 20th place. He ends finally fourth. " I make a big fault in the first rund. It is not still ideal to make that in these conditions but I had calculated nothing. I said myself: " take your luck! " I ski well in giant. It is the World cup, I did well pleasure. There is nothing to say, anything to regret. My back is better in this discipline. I am satisfied with the way that is set up. It's perfect! " (Source : jbgrange.com)
Didier Defago ends fifth, his best place this season in the discipline. These good results added to Jan Hudec's performance, 2nd on Friday and 5th on Saturday in Super Giant, open beautiful perspectives to Team Rossignol for this end of season.
The second run of Jean-Baptiste Grange (video eurosport)
Riders in this news : Jan HUDEC
The first Super G of this Swiss weekend in Crans-Montana kept all its promises. Under the sun and in spite of high temperatures, the show and the suspense were there. Left with the number 6, Jan Hudec (Rossignol) benefited from perfect conditions and settled down at the head of the race after a very well run. In confidence since his victory in Chamonix in downhill few weeks ago, the Canadian held this first place until the run of Didier Cuche (number 20). The Swiss took control of the Super G for only sixteen hundredth.
Silvan Zurbriggen(Rossignol) also benefited from a very good number (bib 7) and he took advantage of it. This season is complicated for the Swiss. But, at home, he proved that he had the power to take place among the best. Third during a long time, he was dislodged by Benjamin Raich and ends on the fourth place, his best result in this discipline this season. In spite of a fall in the training last week, he showed that we can count on him this weekend.
In a race where the fifteen first ones are held on less than one second, Christof Innerhofer (Rossignol) achieved a nice run in spite of a high number and conditions of snow which do not suit to him necessarily. He ends sixth. This beautiful group result is thus necessarily promising for the end of the weekend. A Super G and a giant are scheduled.
The last week, the girls had the opportunity to test the slope which will welcome the downhill of the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. On the site of Rosa Khutor, Maria Hoefl-Riesch was the best on Saturday during the downhill. For Team Rossignol, the results are promising. Marion Rolland ends 5th, Marie Marchand-Arvier 8th and the American Stacey Cook is 9th. On Sunday, a super combined had to take place but the snowfalls during night forced the organizers to cancel the race.
The best world skiers will meet in Moscow during a parallel slalom on Tuesday evening. For others, the next stage is in Bansko the next weekend for a downhill and a Super Giant slalom.
Riders in this news : Tessa WORLEY
Rossignol’s Tessa Worley beat the wind and her toughest opponents on Sunday to win her second World Cup giant slalom in succession. The Frenchwoman, who already dominated the rest of the field three weeks ago in Kranjska Gora, took the lead in the morning run and clung to first place in the afternoon to finish ahead of Slovenia’s Tina Maze while Germany’s Maria Höfl- Riesch came in 3rd .
The second leg had to be shortened by eleven gates because of the violent gusts of wind which had already forced the cancellation of a giant slalom on Friday and hampered Saturday's slalom.
Worley, the bronze medalist in that specialty last year at the FIS Worlds at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, fought hard to successfully defend her lead in those conditions and beat the reigning World Champion Tina Maze who reached her first giant slalom podium this season.
"There were lots of French people here and I really wanted to do well. It was nice skiing," said Worley, always at ease in difficult conditions. "I just decided not to think about the wind and it paid off."
Worley's seventh World Cup victory allowed her to seize the lead in the discipline's World Cup, twenty points ahead of Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic Champion who skied out in the first run. She hopes now to be more successful than a year ago when she lost the globe in the last weeks to Rebensburg because of a series of misfortunes during her last races.
“It was tough but I rather ski by those conditions than on an easy course, I knew coming here it was a good slope for me as it is very challenging, so I was happy to ski at my usual level. It surely was difficult to keep being fast in the second run even though I was in the lead in the first run. I didn’t want to leave time to anybody, I just wanted to get down as fast as possible,” she added.
“I’m very happy as my parents are here too as well as a lots of friends. There is a great atmosphere around here, many people encouraged me. I felt almost in France so it was nearly a home run for me. I can share this with everyone. A huge crowd was calling my name while I skied down, so the feeling was quite exciting. Each skier enjoys winning on home soil. It was nearly the case for me here today.”
Only a few French racers were able to clinch the giant slalom World Cup title since 1967 – the last one was Carole Merle in 1983. It’s about time for Tessa to close that gap.
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