Soelden: Marta Bassino won, Federica Brignone was second: the women's giant from Soelden exalts the Italians. They competed without the crowd due to the restrictions related to Covid-19. There was no Mikaela Shiffrin, but Petra Vlhova completes the podium and ennobles him with an extraordinary comeback in the second heat, still paying 1 "14 from the Piedmontese.
Marta is in her second career victory after the Killington giant in 2019, where she also preceded the future winner of the World Cup. It is the fourteenth women's double for the blue in the World Cup, the sixth in the giant.
Soelden: Bassino triumphs, Brignone second
Despite the bad visibility in the upper part, he does not miss a footing, tames the terrible Rettenbach wall without almost raising snow, at the finish line from 58/100 to Federica, 92/100 to the Norwegian Holtmann and more than a second to all the others.
In the second, made more difficult by a few steps, she still manages to defend herself on the wall and maintain the advantage even in the final stretch, which is flatter and therefore less suited to her characteristics, where Federica had pushed more.
Bassino said: "I am very happy. In the first heat I had found good sensations, everything was very natural for me. In the second it was tougher, especially on the wall, but I tried to push as hard as possible. I was confident, but transferring this confidence into the race gives me an awareness that it will be useful for the season.
I will try to keep the level high. I dedicate the victory to the people who love me but also to the people of my land, in Limone Piemonte and other areas affected by the flood." For Federica Brignone it is the fortieth career podium.
Se said: "I am really satisfied. I didn't feel at the top but I'm happy with my attitude. I had a lot of pressure, many questions have followed me since last season, many had told me "you won for this and for that reason"
For me it is a confirmation, it was important to be in front. I'm happy for Marta, she's skiing hard. As a team we play with each other." About Mikaela Shiffrin, the American said some days ago: "As many of you know, there is only one week left for the start of the World Cup, but with great regret I have to report that I will not be there.
After having a back problem last week, I was advised to skip Soelden to rest her and to compete for the rest of the season. For the past eight years I have always competed in Soelden and it is very frustrating. Fortunately, however, the injury will pass and I will be back soon," said Mikaela Shiffrin in the message on Twitter accompanied by a her photo taken by her father Jeff, who died at the beginning of last February.
Shiffrin's return to the races takes on a particular value: the American was in fact in Europe when she was hit by the family tragedy. After 40 days of absence, March had tried to return to the Are stage, but the trip had been thwarted by the cancellation of the races for Covid-19.
Mikaela Shiffrin will miss the Soelden giant on Saturday 17 October, opening of the Ski World Cup. The American has communicated it via social media