Day of surprises in the giant Slalom of the World Cup of skiing in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, with a podium occupied by the Slovenian Zan Kranjec, in which it is his first victory in the circuit, Loïc Meillard and Mathieu Faivre.
After climbing to the podium in Alta Badia last winter, Zan Kranjec had established itself among the best giant slalom skiers in the world, but at the beginning of the season, he had not been able to confirm his status in the category. All this is now forgotten, and adds its name to the history of skiing, being the first skier in Slovenia to win a giant slalom.
Second, another newcomer made his debut on the podium. Loïc Meillard, from Switzerland, named Longines Rising Star 2018 and triple junior world champion, was knocking on the podium with two solid 5th places this season.
Mathieu Faivre returned to the podium of the World Cup today, finishing in third place. Since the World Cup finals in Aspen in March 2017, the Frenchman could not find the form he achieved in 2017 when he finished second in the giant slalom standings. It felt good in recent months, but the results did not reflect that feeling, so with this podium, motivation will help you to continue working on that line.
Marcel Hirscher, who had been on the podium in the last 18 giant slalom races, struggled in both races and finished in sixth position.