Marco Odermatt sets the fastest time in the first round of the Kranjska Gora giant
On a course without great difficulty where it was nevertheless necessary to control snow rolling quickly under the skis because of the positive temperatures, the Swiss Marco Odermatt was very solid to set the best time of the first round of the giant of Kranjska Gora (Slovenia).
Assured of his second big crystal globe in a row in the absence of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde this weekend, Odermatt beat the Slovenian Zan Kranjec (+0”53) and the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen (+0”54 ). A fairly comfortable margin before the second round (12:30 p.m.) for the Swiss, who is also seeking the specialty globe.
Alexis Pinturault, bib 7, produced a quality run and is in 5th place (+0.80), which allows him to consider the podium in the second run. It would be the first for him this winter as a giant. The snow conditions quickly deteriorated over the bibs. Matthieu Faivre, bib 18, had to settle for 19th time (+2”74).
For one of his rare giant winter forays, Clément Noël, who started with the last bib (65), finished 50th (+6”17) on a track obviously in poor condition.
The German Stefan Luitz had a special morning. After having to stop during the heat because of a screed present on his trajectory, he was entitled to a second start but violently hit a door and his left knee seems to be affected.