The French Tessa Worley on Tuesday returned to victory in the World Cup after two years of waiting in the giant slalom at Kronplatz (Plan de Corones) in Italy. Ideal 12 days before the World Championships.
Full of confidence. Tessa Worley who was circling around (3rd in Courchevel in December, 2nd in Kranjska Gora on January 16) brilliantly regained the first step of the podium on Tuesday, dominating the giant slalom at Kronplatz (Plan de Corones) in Italy.
5e of the first round (at 78/100e of the Swiss Michelle Gisin), the Frenchwoman took all the risks in the second heat to return to success. The 14the of his World Cup career. This allows him to get closer to the greatest specialists in the history of the discipline (20 for Vreni Schneider, 16 for Annemarie Moser-Pröll). With a success which is like the first since Sölden, on October 27, 2018. In heaven, the Frenchwoman summed up: “I am very happy to have done this second round, to have been on the attack as I did. ‘have been. It’s a track that requires a lot of heart. It’s not easy to have confidence on this track. ”
Bold, inspired, Tessa Worley beat the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami (0”27) and the Italian Marta Bassino (0”73), who looked like a scarecrow, she who has four Giant victories this season . A moving success for Tessa Worley the day her companion Julien Lizeroux is preparing to compete in the last slalom of her long career, in Schladming. The two-time giant slalom world champion (2013 and 2017) slipped on Ski Chrono : “It’s been a long time since I won, I’m so happy. I knew it would be a big fight. I wanted to take all the risks. I wasn’t thinking of winning, just giving it my all. I feel that my form is improving. So much the better for the world championships (from February 8 to 21 in Cortina d’Aampezzo) ”, she said.
After his 30e World Cup podium, the skier from Grand-Bornand added on Eurosport : “I’m so happy, a part of me was telling me that I could do it and then on the other side I was saying to myself that maybe it was over. It’s pretty funny, because two, three years ago before the Worlds, I won the race. It doesn’t mean anything but I have the impression that my form is improving and that’s good. “
With Alexis Pinturault, solid leader of the World Cup, Johan Clarey capable of brilliant shots (4e and 2e descents from Kitzbühel) and Tessa Worley totally revived, French alpine skiing is getting used to hooking up pleasures. The Slovakian Petra Vlhova, only twelfth behind the giant of Kronplatz (2”05 behind Tessa Worley), retains the lead in the general classification of the World Cup (with 883 pts) ahead of Gisin (783 pts).