First-run chief Michelle Gisin practically got here to a whole cease. American standout Mikaela Shiffrin had a sequence of uncharacteristic bobbles. And defending general champion Federica Brignone was wild from begin to end.
French veteran Tessa Worley took benefit of second-run errors from the early leaders to win a World Cup large slalom Tuesday on a difficult course with a reputation, Erta, that lives as much as its which means — steep.
Moving up from fifth after the opening leg, Worley completed 0.27 seconds forward of Lara Gut-Behrami and 0.73 forward of Marta Bassino, this season’s large slalom chief.
Worley had a flawless second run and was pushing the complete method.
“This place is incredible and very challenging, a beautiful GS for women,” Worley stated. “The second run I really gave everything. It was dark, it was bumpy, it was great.”
Etching title into historical past books
Worley matched Anita Wachter, Lise-Marie Morerod, Tina Maze and Viktoria Rebensburg with 14 profession GS wins for third place all time. Swiss nice Vreni Schneider holds the report with 20 GS wins, adopted by Annemarie Moser-Proll with 16.
Worley additionally claimed world championship gold medals in GS in 2013 and 2017, however her earlier World Cup victory got here again in 2018 on the season opener in Soelden.
It was already going to be a big day for Worley with longtime boyfriend Julien Lizeroux snowboarding within the remaining World Cup race of his profession in Schladming, Austria.
Shiffrin dropped from second to fourth, a distant 1.08 behind Worley, whereas Gisin got here sixth after holding an enormous lead over the complete area after the primary run.
Likewise, Brignone fell from third to eighth and completed one spot behind Italian teammate Sofia Goggia, the velocity specialist who swept two downhills final weekend.
Overall chief Petra Vlhova struggled in each runs and completed 12th. Still, Vlhova holds a 100-point lead over Gisin within the general standings.
The second run was made harder by a distinction in gentle, with the highest half of the course bathed in sunshine and the steeper backside half within the shade and far darker.
It was the third consecutive podium consequence for Gut-Behrami, the 2016 general champion, after coming second in a downhill and first in a super-G. Gut-Behrami’s earlier podium in GS got here greater than 4 years in the past. She’s now simply 136 factors behind Vlhova within the general standings.
No spectators had been allowed on the race due to a nationwide ban on attending sports activities occasions in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The girls’s circuit strikes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a downhill and super-G this weekend — the ultimate races earlier than the world championships open in close by Cortina d’Ampezzo.
“I’m entering the worlds in good form,” Bassino stated. “I’ve been skiing well since the start of the season. I’m going to arrive ready and I hope to have a good time.”