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BANSKO SMILES TO TINA MAZE
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Two races, two podiums for Tina Maze in Bansko! Slovenia's champion claimed the second place of Monday’s super-G. Viktoria Rebensburg was 6th, Cornelia Hütter 7th, Nadia Fanchini 8th and Lara Gut 10th.
The ladies could finally enjoy good snow conditions and sunny sky on Monday in Bansko, for the 5th super-G race of the season. And this race showed once again a thrilling battle between the two dominant actors of Women World Cup, Anna Fenninger and Tina Maze.
Austria’s Anna Fenninger won only 0.16 seconds ahead of Tina Maze. In Bansko, Slovenia’s champion bounced back from disappointing recent World Cup results with her second runner-up spot in two days, amassing precious points in the battle for the overall. “I had three 0s on my account in my last three World Cup races,” Maze commented. “I am happy I managed to secure some points these two days. Being on the podium twice here was really important for me and my self-confidence. Now I feel good and I am happy about it.”
A total of 5 Lange athletes entered the top 10: Tina Maze 2nd, Viktoria Rebensburg 6th, Cornelia Hütter 7th, Nadia Fanchini 8th and Lara Gut 10th.
In the overall table, Tina Maze is leading, 44 points ahead of Anna Fenninger now. “To have one more discipline for sure helps, but it is so easy to lose points like I did in Maribor and St-Moritz,” Maze said. “Now I just have to ski fast and we will see what happens at end.”
8TH PODIUM OF THE WINTER FOR TINA MAZE
After two canceled races due to bad weather, the ladies finally got to race on Sunday in Bansko. And Tina Maze took the second place of this super-combined (super-G / slalom). A super-G is re-scheduled this Monday where she could add a ninth season podium.
Fog led to the cancellation of Friday and Saturday's super-G races and was a disturbing factor again on Sunday for the first and only scheduled alpine combined race of the season. The opening super-G run was interrupted multiple times due to poor visibility and hence the slalom run was delayed by almost two hours.
Second after the super-G run, behind Austria's Anna Fenninger, Tina Maze kept this ranking after the slalom run. Claiming her 8th podium of the season. “It has been a long day, that's why we look tired,” said Tina Maze smiling. “It was tough to ski. Being focused all the time waiting to go down these three days was not easy. They only let us down today. I was actually really happy that we could race and feel the terrain even though conditions weren't that nice.”
Lange Icon 2015, Marie-Michèle Gagnon took the 5th place. “Feels good to get a solid result in today's SC. I may not be fully satisfied with my skiing performance but MAN does it feel good to get my first top 5 of the season!”, wrote the Canadian on Facebook. One month after her knee injury, Dominique Gisin was happy with a good 6th rank and young Romane Miradoli (9th) celebrated her first career top 10 in World Cup.
Tina Maze is stead leading the World Cup overall standing, 64 points ahead of Anna Fenninger. The battle for the overall goes on with a super-G race scheduled to start this Monday at 11:00.
HAT TRICK FOR JEAN-FREDERIC CHAPUIS!
The second stage of skicross World Cup in Tegernsee allowed Jean-Frédéric Chapuis to earn a third consecutive victory. The French racer won ahead of Filip Flisar and now leads the World Cup ski cross standings after topping the pile in Germany.
Two skicross raceswere rescheduled this weekend in Tegernsee. They both had the same winner: Jean-Frédéric Chapuis. After his success on Saturday, the skier from Val Thorens realized the double win on Sunday in the German resort. "I'm really happy to win here, I did not have plan for the final. My only goal was to go out of the starting gate ahead and keep that place. That's what happened so I am very happy to get on the top step of the podium!’, smiled the French, celebrating a third consecutive victory on the World Cup stage. He settles so firmly in the overall lead - especially as his main competitor for the globe, Victor Oehling Norberg, was defeated in quarters- and finally see the big crystal globe holds out his arm. "It's going well at the moment! But this is not an obession (the general ranking). If it wants to smile it is good, if not, not too bad. »
On women side, Alizee Baron took 5th place after her 2nd place on Saturday: "I am quite happy with the day, with the little strength I had left!, she said. For the overall ranking, this is good news for me. I will try to hold on to third place. I want to have two good races in Megève, and then we'll see what happens!”
REBENSBURG SECOND IN MARIBOR
Giant slalom Silver medalist last week in Vail 2015 World Championships, Viktoria Rebensburg kept her great shape onto World Cup stage to claim second place of today GS in Maribor, only 0.04 seconds behind winner Anna Fenninger.
After two weeks of intense racing at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, the ladies' World Cup is back in Europe to celebrate the 51st edition of the Golden Fox. The last time the athletes got to race in the Mariborsko Pohorje ski resort was two years ago, since the event had to be staged in Kranjska Gora in 2014 due to the lack of snow.
This Saturday, only Anna Fenninger managed to be faster than Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg to win giant slalom in Maribor. The Austrian beated the German only by 0.04 of a second! Viktoria Rebensburg was the runner-up at the World Championships already behind Fenninger and proved she was back to her very best in giant slalom, making her first World Cup podium this season in the discipline. “Being on the podium is for sure always nice,” said Rebensburg. “Four hundredths of a second, this isn't much and it hurt a little bit in the first place, but I am happy about this second place. I am skiing good in giant slalom again. I was struggling a bit at the start of the season. It is very positive for me to know I can be up there in giant slalom again. It gives me confidence for the rest of the season.”
Nadia Fanchini took a great 4th place on today giant slalom in Maribor. Federica Brignone and Irene Curtoni finished 8th and 9th.
CHAPUIS AND BARON AGAIN ON THE PODIUM
Saturday in the first of two ski cross races in Tegernsee (Germany ), Jean- Frederic Chapuis signed his second consecutive victory while Alizée Baron (2nd) celebrated her third podium of the season.
The ski cross World Cup has finally arrived in Tegernsee after a tense waiting period following a rescheduling of the event from the final week of January to this weekend. And the Germany resort suits France’s Jean-Frédéric Chapuis and Alizée Baron well: both went onto the podium.
Jean-Frédéric Chapuis scored his second win in a row after winning last weekend in Äre . This is his fourth podium of the winter. This result allows him to take the lead of overall ski cross World Cup ten points ahead of Oehling - Norberg . "This morning I was not top physically. But the more runs passed, the best it was going , said the Olympic champion to Ski Chrono. I do not focus on the overall. Today I was going for the win, not the ranking. »
On the women side, Fanny Smith won ahead of Alize Baron (FRA), who continues to impress in a breakout season that has seen her record three podiums (including her first victory last week in Åre), and a top-10 result in all eight ski cross World Cup competitions in 2014/15. Now sitting less than 100 points back of top-ranked Anna Holmlund (SWE) in third on the SX leader board, the young French racer is proving herself a podium in every event as we move into the final leg of the season. “ made all the places on the podium this season!. Each time, I have high expectations in qualifications and again I took a slap (6th Friday). But I'm really happy , especially with such a tense final. It was blow for blow.”