The 32-year-old from Comano triumphs on the Erta track, finishing with more than a second ahead of Robinson and Hector, joint second
Lara Gut-Behrami dominates the women’s ski giant slalom at Kronplatz, confirming its superiority after the weekend in Cortina. On the Erta di San Vigilio di Marebbe, the Swiss finished at 2’00″64, leaving the couple Alice Robinson and Sara Hector, tied in second place, at 1″09. Below the podium is the Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel. Fifth, excellent, place for Sofia Goggia, started in the second heat with great determination which allowed her to record the second time of the heat to recover three positions compared to the first fraction and close 1″39 behind. Goggia had not reached fifth place in the giant slalom since the Soelden 2016 race, while subsequently she managed to achieve 5 podiums in the specialty, the last in Kranjska Gora in 2018.
“I’m very happy – said Goggia -, the only thing I have to complain about is the last part of the first heat. In this second one I said to myself ‘I’ll try’ and I threw myself down and attacked as hard as I could. When I reached the finish line and saw that I was first, a weight was lifted from myself. I hadn’t been at this level for three years. I’m happy to have expressed myself on the levels of the past. It was the fruit of enormous work that she paid for”.
In sixth place goes Federica Brignone, which loses a position compared to the first heat and finishes with a 1″45 disadvantage. Marta Bassino also lost four positions in the second, finishing in tenth place, 2″36 behind the Swiss. A good team performance however for the Italians, who finished with three of them in the top 10 and also placed Roberta Melesi in 14th place with a 2″68 lead and Asja Zenere in 16th place with a 2″80 lead. Points also for Elisa Platino 26/aa 3″78.
“At the moment – said Brignone – when I’m just looking for the best sensations I’m fast, while when I want to push myself it’s as if I’m braking the ski. Even today, I was convinced, I was aggressive, I wanted to push the ski. But I made mistakes again and I can’t be as fast as I was at the beginning of the season. Now I will evaluate what to do day by day.”
There specialty ranking Gut-Behrami is in the lead with 585 points against Brignone’s 500 and Hector’s 452. In the World Cup general ranking the Swiss, with her fifth victory of the season, reaches 1114 against the 1209 of Mikaela Shiffrin, out due to a slight injury. Brignone is still in third place with 878 points.