Adelboden Races Preview

After Zagreb, the Men’s tour heads to Adelboden (SUI) for a Giant Slalom race on Saturday, followed by a Slalom on Sunday.

Adelboden is a Swiss Alpine village in the Bernese Oberland region. It’s known for the ski resort of Adelboden-Lenk, host of the FIS Ski World Cup.

Adelboden-Lenk is one of the largest and most attractive snow sports regions in Switzerland. 72 high-performance transport facilities provide access to a piste network of just over 210 kilometers.

Adelboden Program:

Giant Slalom. Men. Saturday, January 8th. 1st run 10:30, 2nd run 13:30 (CET)

Slalom. Men. Sunday, January 9th. 1st run 10:30, 2nd run 13:30 (CET)

Last season Alexis Pinturault was on a league of his own in Adelboden.

The legendary Chuenisbärgli racecourse saw a dominant Pinturault who has returned to the top of the podium in Adelboden three years after winning here for the first time (2017). He set the best time in both runs to finish 1.04 seconds ahead of Filip Zubcic and 1.11 of Marco Odermatt.

On Saturday Alexis Pinturault raced to his third consecutive Alpine Ski World Cup Giant Slalom victory, the second one in Adelboden. While yesterday was "relatively easy" for the Frenchman, Saturday's race was more of a challenge as he sat in second place after the first run behind Loic Melliard. But a flawless second run pushed Pinturault to the victory.

For a second straight day, Pinturault finished ahead of a consistent Filip Zubcic, who was closer today, finishing 1.26 seconds off the winning pace.

The leader of the first run Loic Meillard was very lucky to hang on for third place as he had a big mistake at the middle section of the course but recovered and hung on for his third career giant slalom podium.

Marco Odermatt won the Giant slalom events in Sölden, Val d'Isère and the second one held in Alta Badia.

After finishing in second place in the first race in Alta Badia, Marco Odermatt won the second Giant Slalom held in La Gran Risa.

Marco Odermatt celebrated his third victory in the fourth Giant Slalom of the season in an impressive manner. The 24-year-old Swiss, who was leading the race after the first run, outclassed the competition and won with a clear lead of 1.01 seconds.

The Swiss finished in the top-five in 15 of his last 16 World Cup appearances in the Giant Slalom, with 11th place in Lenzerheide on 20 March 2021 as the exception.

He leads the Giant Slalom and Overall standings by 167 and 228 points respectively.

Alexis Pinturault has won 18 Giant Slalom races in the World Cup, ranking him in fifth place on the all-time men's list.

Pinturault can become the second male skier to win a World Cup event in 11 successive seasons, after Alberto Tomba from 1987-1988 to 1997-1998.

Filip Zubcic has finished in the top three in nine of the last 15 World Cup Giant Slalom races. This run includes wins in Naeba (February 2020), Santa Caterina (December 2020), Bansko, and Lenzerheide.

Zubcic (3) is one of only three skiers representing Croatia to win a World Cup event, alongside siblings Janica (30) and Ivica Kostelic (26).