Henrik Krisfoffersen takes it all at FIS World Cup in Alta Badia

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

World champ handles weather conditions to win giant slalom and seize overall lead.

The Norwegian beat Frenchman Cyprien Sarrazin and Slovenian Zan Kranjec to clinch his second win of the season after a slalom in Levi last month. Here is all you need to know:

– Henrik Kristoffersen won with a combined time of 1:57.33 to beat Cyprien Sarrazin by 0.31 seconds and Zan Kranjec by 0.39.

– It was the Norwegian’s 20th FIS World Cup victory, the fourth in a giant slalom.

– Kristoffersen had finished runner-up three times in previous races in Alta Badia, twice behind now retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher.

– The win took him to the top of the overall World cup standings on 343 points, 31 ahead of Austria’s Vincent Krieschmayr, winner of the Val Gardena Super-G on Friday, and 47 ahead of France’s Alexis Pinturault, a disappointing 8th in Alta Badia.

– Kristoffersen also leads the giant slalom crystal globe chase on 193 points ahead of Kranjec on 170 and American Tommy Ford on 161.

– Most other favourites faltered in the afternoon’s second run – Norway’s Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen fastest in the first leg, finished 11th, Swiss Marco Odermatt, who was second in the morning run, had to be content with 5thwhile Pinturault was 8th after clocking the third fastest time as the race opener.

– It was an impressive team effort by Norway with five skiers in the Top 11.

– While it was only his second World Cup podium, Sarrazin’s runner-up spot was hardly a surprise as he snatched his maiden World Cup win in a parallel giant slalom in Alta Badia in 2016.  

– The race was held in bad weather conditions after snow and fog forced the cancellation of Saturday’s downhill in Val Gardena and both women’s races in Val d’Isere at the weekend.  

– The programme continues in Alta Badia with a parallel giant slalom on Monday night.

Top 10 results:
1. Henrik Krisoffersen (Norway) 1:57.33
2. Cyprien Sarrazin (France) 0.31 seconds behind
3. Zan Kranjec (Slovenia) 0.39
4. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) 0.46
5. Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) 0.83
6. Marco Schwarz (Austria) 0.88
7. Rasmus Windingstad (Norway) 0.91
8=Lucas Braathen (Norway) 0.92
8= Alexis Pinturault (France) 0.92
10. Filip Zubcic (Croatia) 1.00

Top 10 FIS World Cup standings:
1. Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) 343 points
2. Vincent Krieschmayr (Austria) 312
3. Alexis Pinturault (France)  296
4. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) 274
5. Matthias Mayer (Austria) 257
6. Dominik Paris (Italy) 249
7. Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) 222
8. Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 221
9. Mauro Caviezel (Switzerland) 213
10. Thomas Dressen (Germany) 202

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