Clara Direz Wins Sestriere Parallel GS




Clara Direz won her first World Cup victory in the debut of this discipline. Clara Direz (FRA), who had only one previous top-10 finish in the 40 last World Cup races, beat newcomer Elisa Moerzinger (AUT) in the big final. The Austrian talent was competing in only her fifth World Cup race, and she failed to qualify for the second run in four Giant Slaloms she took part.

"No one was expecting something from this because it was the first one. But yeah, we trained a lot and I was pretty fast between the other girls. So I was like, ok, I can do something. I will try my best, and we’ll see what’s coming", Direz said of her unexpected victory. "I don’t know if it’s really fair or not. I was lucky today because I was always on the blue course for the last runs, so I was a little bit lucky. I won’t complain about that. I’m pretty happy about my first World Cup win today, so I won’t say anything bad about it".


Marta Bassino (ITA) beat teammate Federica Brignone (ITA in the small final for third place, and Sofia Goggia (ITA) finished fifth to complete the Italian trio in the top 5.