Alta Badia, Italy (Reuters) – On Sunday Italy’s Massimiliano Blardone left behind two seasons before his doubts by winning the giant public in Alta Badia, a race counting for the World Cup men’s downhill skiing.
The Transalpin, aged 32, won with a total time of two minutes, 46 seconds and 49 hundredths ahead of two Austrian Hannes Reichelt (2’46 “84) and Philip Schörghofer 2’47” 06.
The world champion of the specialty, the American Ted Ligety, finished one hundredth of the podium while he was in the lead mid-giant.
Last year the French Cyprien Richard, who finished second on the Italian track, finished 11th. Pichot and his compatriots Sebastien Steve Missillier 13th and 15th respectively.
For his part, Jean-Baptiste Grange failed to return within 30 early in the first round, means of disposal. Alexis Pinturault has, meanwhile, fell in the second.
Massimiliano Blardone was no longer mounted on a podium since last season in Val d’Isere, and his last victory dated back to World Cup 2009, in the same Italian resort.
“This is very important and totally unexpected. He really took me to fight for it all,” said the winner of the day after the race.
Overall in the World Cup, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, still leads with 416 points, ahead of Switzerland’s Beat Feuz (360) and Ted Ligety (359).