Tessa Worley trumps Mikaela Shiffrin for Maribor GS victory
Maribor (Slovenia) (AFP)
France's Tessa Worley produced an aggressive second run to notch up her 11th World Cup giant slalom victory on Saturday as American star Mikaela Shiffrin narrowly missed out on a podium placing.
Worley, born in France to a French mother and Australian father, clocked a combined total of 2min 16.96sec.
"It's intense, but it's awesome because it's only in skiing that you can feel this feeling," said Worley.
"I was so happy at the end to see that I was winning. It's a great fight and I'm really happy that all the girls are wanting to win every race and making it so hard. I'm happy because it pushes me to get to my best level."
Italian Sofia Goggia, second after the first run, lost ground on the first and final thirds of the course second time around, but it was still enough to guarantee her second, at 0.16sec, a welcome result after four successive races when she failed to finish.
Switzerland's Lara Gut used her speed skills to glide into third, at 0.25sec, with Olympic slalom gold medallist and double defending world champion Shiffrin in fourth.
Shiffrin, 21, had enjoyed a 0.20sec lead after the first run in a sun-kissed Maribor, but lost speed in the final descent second time around.
The American, however, retains her lead atop the overall standings, now 205 points ahead of Gut, while Worley consolidated her dominance of the discipline, 85 points ahead of Shiffrin.
There was no joy for Austria's Anna Veith (formerly Fenninger), whose gradual return to the piste following a 21-month lay-off floundered when she skied out on the second run having finished eighth in the morning.
There was also an emotional farewell for Slovenia's Tina Maze to the World Cup circuit.
She pulled up after the first intermediate time of the first run to greet her partner Andrea Massi and former coach Valerio Ghirardi.
Stopping just before the finish line, Maze crossed it on foot, officially recording a DNF, to bring the curtains down on an 18-year career that saw her win four Olympic medals (downhill and giant slalom golds in 2014, super-G and giant slalom silvers in 2010) and nine world medals including four golds (downhill and combined in 2015, super-G in 2013 and giant slalom in 2011).
In 15 years of World Cup racing, she recorded 26 victories and 81 podium finishes, once winning the overall title, in 2013.
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