Petra Vlhova has posted the fastest time in the opening run of a women’s World Cup giant slalom
The GS world champion from Slovakia finished her clean run in 1 minute, 2.15 seconds to lead Marta Bassino by 0.22.
Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin was 0.35 behind in third, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin, who had 0.59 to make up in the second leg.
The American three-time overall champion triumphed in the previous GS for her first win since returning to the circuit from a 10-month break.
Vlhova said she “couldn’t expect in the finish that I was in green, because my feelings were not so perfect.”
Vlhova, who leads the overall standings by 138 points ahead of Gisin, carved out her advantage in the final part of her run.
“I took a lot of advantage from others because I tried let my skis go in the last five gates,” she said.
Shiffrin won two giant slaloms in two days on this hill in 2016 before adding a slalom victory the next day.
Defending overall World Cup champion Federica Brignone, who leads the GS standings by five points ahead of her Italian teammate Bassino, was 1.71 behind in eighth.
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