Ted Ligety added the top step of the podium to his Slalom podium placing of 2006 with victory in the last World Cup Giant Slalom before the World Championships. Adelboden is one of the classic Giant Slalom races and is a race that Ligety has been looking to add to his collection for a number of years; prior to this race his best result had been 4th in 2012. Fritz Dopfer and Felix Neureuther joined the HEAD World Cup rebel on the podium after first run leader Marcel Hirscher made a huge mistake three gates from home to drop down the rankings to 16th.
With three World Cup Giant Slalom wins already this season, Mr. Giant Slalom, is the man that they all look to. From a start number of 4, Ligety attacked the first run. A small mistake saw him finish second by 0.17 seconds yet he was happy with this. It was all to play for on the second run.
The fresh snow that had fallen over night did not worry the racers, as the course was still hard packed and grippy. The rollers and steep descent into the finish gave the racers more to think about. Kjetil Jansrud had been troubled by a lack of rhythm in the course while Aksel Lund Svindal was happy with a run that saw him in fourth after the first run. Svindal ended up 6th after the second run after taking a slightly too aggressive line on the second run.
Ligety admitted after his second run; a run that saw him post a time that gave him a lead of over a second on second place, a run that gave Hirscher waiting at the top something to aim for, that he was tired due to the hard work that the slope demanded.
This win now ties Ligety with same number of wins that Alberto Tomba scored in his career. “Being on the podium here has always evaded me, this is the only one of the big classics that I had not won. It is good to finally have my name on the list.”
Ligety added that “it is hard to argue that this is not my best season in GS, I would like slalom to go better but I have great confidence in GS, cannot complain at all.”
With the World Championships looming, Ligety agreed that he is now the favourite for the World Championships. With his fourth win of the season, Ligety now has a 125-point lead in the Giant Slalom World Cup. Despite being tired after the race, Ligety felt it was “a huge honour to win here finally.”
1. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
2. Fritz Dopfer (GER)
3. Felix Neureuther (GER)
6. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
12. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD
15. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
23. Robby Kelley (USA) HEAD