(San Vigilio, Italy) France’s Tessa Worley exploited the leaders’ blunders after the opening round on Tuesday and won the giant slalom at San Vigilio on the difficult and steep course in Erta, Italy.
Fifth at the end of the first heat, Worley clocked a cumulative time of 2 minutes 11.38 seconds and edged Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami by 27 hundredths of a second.
The Italian Marta Bassino, leader in the cumulative classification of the discipline, took third place 73 hundredths of a second behind the winner.
No Canadian participated in the event.
The Swiss Michelle Gisin occupied the top of the standings at the end of the initial round with a lead of 56 hundredths of a second over the American Mikaela Shiffrin.
The two skiers, however, had their share of misfires during the second round. Gisin came close to coming to a complete stop while Shiffrin made several unusual mistakes on his part.
As for Italy’s Federica Brignone, reigning Alpine Skiing World Cup champion, her second run was disheveled from start to finish.
Shiffrin finished fourth, 1.08 seconds behind Worley. Gisin (+1.32 seconds) lost five places in the final standings, as did Brignone (+1.44), who had to settle for the eighth step
For his part, Worley delivered an impeccable second run and never slowed down.
“This place is amazing and very difficult, a great giant slalom for women,” said Worley.
“In the second round, I really gave it my all. It was dark, it was bumpy, it was wonderful. ”
Suddenly, Worley signed the 14e victory of his career in the giant slalom of the World Cup. She thus joined Anita Wachter, Lise-Marie Morerod, Tina Maze and Viktoria Rebensburg in third place in the history of women’s skiing.
The Swiss Vreni Schneider holds the record with 20 triumphs, four more than the Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll.