Norwegian Sebastian Voss-Solevaag dominated the Hermann Maier racecourse in Flachau to claim his first career win in the World Cup. Voss Solevaag skied nearly flawlessly today in Flachau, turning in the fastest time in both runs.
Voss-Solevaag made his World Cup debut in Levi in 2012 and until today he had three podiums in Slalom to his credit (Zagreb, 2015; St. Moritz, 2016; and Madonna di Campiglio, last December 2020) but the victory always managing to elude the 29-year-old Norwegian skier. But today the stars aligned perfectly for the veteran as he earned a clear 0.76 victory over Austrian Marco Schwarz.
“This is a victory of the team,” said Foss-Solevaag. “We are the attacking Vikings, we work together. I wouldn’t have done it without them, any of the coaches and the teammates, (...) This shows us that we (have) a good team spirit, and it also shows that another racer of our team can also win. That’s nice”.
The last Norwegian man other than Henrik Kristoffersen to win a World Cup slalom was Truls Ove Karlsen in Kranjska Gora in February 2004.
The Norwegian became the sixth different winner of the sixth slalom events so far
this World Cup season. “It’s a lot of guys who ski fast. Everybody is going all-in and then it’s a really fun race”, Foss-Solevaag said.
Marco Schwarz is on a roll of his own, having earned a podium in each of the last three races, including today’s second-place finish. He is now leading the slalom standings. Thanks to his outstanding consistency, the 25-year-old from Carinthia is now 65 points ahead of Manuel Feller.
“It's long and hard work to be at the forefront. The constancy fits, the material too. I have to thank the whole team. The season is still long, but it's great to fight for the red bib”, explained Schwarz.
French overall leader Alexis Pinturault brought home his first podium in slalom this season finishing 0.95 off the winning pace.
After today's third place in Flachau, the Frenchman is commanding the overall standings with 778 points.
In the aftermath of the serious injury in training of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (ACL rupture of the right knee), Pinturault thus further increased his overall lead over his closest challenger, the Swiss Marco Odermatt, to 277 points.