Hirscher proves point on perfect Swiss weekend

13 Jan 2019 / 22:23 H.

ADELBODEN, SWITZERLAND: Austrian ace Marcel Hirscher’s pristine slalom performance on the daunting Adelboden slope clinched a second World Cup victory of the weekend on Sunday as the world champion remains on track to run away with the individual and all around titles.

After a thundering second descent Hirscher finished 0.50sec ahead of French tyro Clement Noel, who was fifth on the first run but produced a lively, clean second run, and 0.71sec ahead of Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen in third.

Austria’s Marco Schwarz led after the first run but knew he had a job on his hands to beat Hirscher as he bombed out of a nervy second run after just a few gates of the steep slope on a snowy and foggy afternoon.

Hirscher, who trumped his arch-rival Kristoffersen for victory in Saturday’s giant slalom, now tops the overall standings with 976 points, with Kristoffersen in second on 571.

Hirshcer also tops the slalom standings on 436 points, with Switzerland’s Daniel Yule in second on 278. — AFP