Anna Fenninger started number 1 in the race, she won the first run and as a result was last out of the start gate for the second run. The HEAD World Cup Rebel saw green when she came through the finish that signified her victory for the third World Cup Giant Slalom running! Fenninger now goes to the World Cup finals knowing that she can overhaul current leader of the Giant Slalom standings, Jessica Lindell-Vikarby if results go her way. Viktoria Rebensburg took second with Lindell-Vikarby taking third place.
The race conditions could not have been more different from the race the previous evening: rain had battered the course during the day and this lead to slushy conditions; not that this bothered Fenninger: “I just feel comfortable on my skis and try to go fast as I can and not to think about anything else but skiing. I don't know why I'm so fast to be honest. It feels really good to be in such a good shape and that it is working out that way.”
When asked how she had felt about going number one in the conditions, Fenninger responded: “I was a bit nervous to be the first one to face the course in the first run. It's never easy to know how to attack the course. I won the race in the bottom section yesterday, so did I today. It's just amazing."
With the course conditions much better for the early starters on the second run, Maria Hoefl-Riesch produced a stunning fight back on the second run to pull up to 10th place from 22nd. Despite the deteriorating course conditions, Fenninger managed to post the second fastest second run time despite going last – this is what you call pushing it to the limit!
Fenninger has picked up a maximum 200 points in Are from the two Giants Slaloms. These two results have seen her edge into the lead in the Overall, ahead of another HEAD World Cup Rebel, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, by a mere seven points. In the Giant Slalom race, the deficit to Lindell-Vikarby is down to 14 points.
All is not lost for Hoefl-Riesch as she has the Slalom in the morning to try and regain her lead.
1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
2. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)
3. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE)
10. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
11. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
15. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD
20. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
22. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
28. Anne-Sophie Barthet (FRA) HEAD