The winner takes it all. After the double victory of Marcel Hirscher and Benjamin Raich on the Atomic D2 Race in the giant slalom classic, Marcel Hirscher also achieved the slalom victory in Adelboden using Atomic Race 165 SL. Thus he is the first double winner ever in the well-established Swiss world cup location. Under conditions that the current world cup leader Marcel Hirscher called “almost unraceable“.
“The slope was icy at the start, it was breaking away in the middle, and it turned into a mogul slope towards the finish. If the race had been cancelled, no-one would have been angry – it think it could not have been any harder“, Marcel Hirscher analyzed the conditions on the world-famous Chuenisbärgli. “We had to find the right balance in the race setup, because the right setup provided security. Boot-plate-binding-ski – it worked out well, you can count on the ATOMIC Race Sl any time and under any conditions.“ After Hirscher achieved best time in the first run with number 2 and the sixth best time in the second run as the 30th racer, he claimed that considering the conditions a pair of ATOMIC Freeskies like Bent Chetler might have been a good choice as well.
HIRSCHER EXTENTS LEADERSHIPS IN OVERALL WORLD CUP
This year’s triple with victories in Zagreb and Adelboden results in the World Cup leadership of the 22-year-old ATOMIC star, who only races in slalom and giant slalom at the moment. He has gained 725 points so far in this season, and is 230 points ahead of his chaser Kostelic. Benjamin Raich, overall World Cup winner of 2006, reconfirmed his improving performance by ranking 8th in slalom.