Hirscher - King of Adelboden
It was a fight at the highest level on the Chuenisbärgli in Adelboden today for the 5th giant slalom of the season. Not less than 31’000 thousands spectators cheered for the 70 athletes at the start. With Marcel Hirscher, Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault, the three biggest names among the tech athletes managed to earn a podium today.
Marcel Hirscher is in an impressive shape at the moment. He won not less than six races this season and claimed 8 podium placements. In giant slalom, the statistic is even more imposing, as he won 8 out of the 10 last races in that discipline including the World Championships. His run was not flawless, as it is often the case on the challenging Chuenisbärgli, but it was enough for the champion to grab a 51st World Cup victory.
In second position, for the 6th time this season, Henrik Kristoffersen found his way to the podium, despite a big mistake in the final pitch. The Norwegian made a big step in this discipline, becoming constant at a very high level. Today, he was only +0.17 away from a second career win in giant slalom. Kristoffersen currently places 2nd in all three cup standings he is in: the giant slalom, the slalom and the Overall. Always behind Marcel Hirscher.
The giant slalom season started with a win in front of his home crowd for Alexis Pinturault in Val d’Isère. If last year he could win the Adelboden race +0.04 ahead of Marcel Hirscher, this time he ranked behind the Austrian and Kristoffersen, in third place. The Frenchman moved up to the podium from his 5th place in the first run as he was the fastest in all the splits of the second run, but not enough for the win today.
Simply incredible. It’s hard to describe how dominant Marcel Hirscher is in the tech disciplines at the moment. For the first time, the six-time winner of the Overall World Cup earned four slalom races in a row. Another record for the man who has now claimed 52 World Cup wins, 25 in giant slalom and 24 in slalom. This slalom win is added to the six he already had under his belt this season, and increases his lead in all the three disciplines that he is participating in (giant slalom, slalom, overall).
Behind him, Michael Matt proved that he’s in an excellent shape, with three second places in three races this year. After some struggles in early season, the Austrian started the year with a second place in the City Event in Oslo, in the slalom in Zagreb and in today in Adelboden. These solid results bring him back to the third place of the discipline ranking.
Henrik Kristoffersen is skiing very well at the moment and is very constant. However, it’s been 8 podium placements but not a single win yet this season. Focusing more on the giant slalom, where he was able to make an important step forward, the Norwegian slalom globe winner from 2016 struggles to reach the very top in his favourite discipline this season. But the results are there, and Kristoffersen is happy with the second places he is sitting in on the World Cup standings.
The slalom day concludes the events in Adelboden. The organising committee can be proud of everything that was achieved during the challenging preparation period and look back on a very successful race week-end. The men’s Tour stays in the Berner Oberland and will move to Wengen, where the first downhill training is scheduled on Tuesday. An alpine combined, a downhill and a slalom will be held on the Lauberhorn next week-end.