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Maze leads season-opening WCup GS after 1st run

Maze leads season-opening WCup GS after 1st run

Tina Maze of Slovenia held a commanding lead after the first run of the season-opening women's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.
Maze, runner-up to Lindsey Vonn in the overall standings last year, went down the Rettenbach course in 1 minute, 11.95 seconds to lead Tessa Worley of France by 0.74 and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 1.02.
"Usually, I put myself under pressure for the first run of the first race," Maze said. "This time everything was OK. I was able to ski like in training. So I am not surprised by my lead."
Vonn, who won her first GS race here last year, struggled in the middle part of her run and finished 2.37 seconds off the leading time.
Kathrin Zettel of Austria, who won here in 2008, was 1.59 back in fourth. Former overall champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany placed seventh with 1.84 to make up.
It's the first race under new equipment rules, forcing racers to use longer but smaller skis with a larger radius.
"The new material is great and I feel really well," said Maze, who won the race in 2002 and 2005. She captured eight of her 11 career titles in GS.
Vonn, who started just before Maze, had a decent start and lost 0.22 of a second to then leader Rebensburg in the upper part of the course.
The four-time overall champion lost pace as she had to adjust her line in the steep middle section before winning back some time with a strong finish.
American teammate Julia Mancuso lost her right ski after a solid start and failed to finish.
"It's one of those situations where nine out of 10 times your ski might stay on," Mancuso said. "I was going to make a transition, (it's a) bumpy slope, ski caught the other ski and just clipped off."
Mancuso was 0.18 behind Maze's first intermediate time when her run ended going into a left turn.
Mancuso switched her equipment supplier to join Vonn at Head in the offseason. She said the skis under the new rules were suiting her.
"I felt comfortable," Mancuso said. "We had a pretty reasonable course set this run ... just a really easy rhythm. I think you will get into bigger problems with these skis if it's really tight or just one difficult turn."
Despite bad weather being forecast, the first run took place under good conditions with some cloud cover.


Updated : 2021-03-04 12:10 GMT+08:00