Hirscher denies Kristoffersen to bag eighth Adelboden win

Hirscher denies Kristoffersen to bag eighth Adelboden win
By Sportsbeat

12/01/2019 at 16:08Updated

Marcel Hirscher overcame Henrik Kristoffersen's first-run lead to bag his eighth Adelboden World Cup win with giant slalom success on the Swiss slopes.

The Olympic champion had trailed his Norwegian rival by 0.12 seconds ahead of the second and final run.

But he turned the deficit around in style, a near-perfect flatter middle section seeing him prevail by 0.71s in a time of 2:26.54.

Kristoffersen was forced to settle for second place while bronze went to Thomas Fanara in 2:27.58, beating French teammate Alexis Pinturault to the final step of the podium.

Hirscher has now won four of the five giant slalom World Cup races this season, with this eighth victory in Adelboden taking him within one win of yet another skiing record.

No man has ever won nine World Cup events on the same slopes, with the 29-year-old also holding eight titles on the slopes of Alta Badia.

He also leads the overall World Cup standings by 365 points from Kristoffersen, with the Austrian legend bidding for his record-extending eighth straight title.

Sportsbeat 2019