20 years-old Norwegian, Lucas Braathen (NOR) stole the show at today’s Audi FIS World Cup 2020/21 opening race in Soelden, skiing under perfect conditions and blue skies edging Marco Odermatt (SUI) by 0.06 seconds to claim his first-ever World Cup win.
Fifth in the first run, he attacks the Rettenbach slope for his second time ever with his cheeky and light-hearted manner which, in a flash since his World Cup debut, have allowed him to climb onto the first step of the podium.
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The second run made the difference also for another young talent, Marco Odermatt (SUI) who, unlike Lucas, has already conquered his first World Cup victory in super G and is still missing his first Giant Slalom victory although this is the fourth podium in the discipline.
To close out the podium is Swiss team-mate Gino Caviezel (SUI) who was in the lead in the first run and slips into the third position.
The long-awaited veterans finish at the foot of the podium: the defending Soelden champion Alexis Pinturault (FRA) finished fourth, the Giant Slalom globe winner Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) fifth and the first run leader Zan Kranjec (SLO) seventh.
The tour now has a lengthy break before action resumes on Lech/Zürs (AUT) mid-November for the Parallel debut.