Marta Bassino and Federica Brignone see the podium

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Semmering, results

Mikaela Shiffrin ahead of everyone at the halfway point of the women’s World Cup giant slalom hosted in the Austrian resort of Semmering. The U.S., literally made a vacuum behind her in the first run – closed with a time of 1’05″49 -, thanks to a super run especially in the initial part, to inflict as many as 72 hundredths on Slovakian Petra Vhlova, first of the “humans” in second place.

Very close gaps from the second position onwards with 9 athletes enclosed in about 3 tenths: after Vhlova, here is the French Tessa Worley third at one hundredth from the Slovakian and in fourth place the Canadian Valerie Grenier at 76 hundredths from the provisional leader. Marta Bassino finished momentarily in fifth place: the alpine from Cuneo – leader of the specialty ranking -, had a solid race, losing a little in the upper part of the course, to finish with a 0″87 gap from Shiffrin. Sweden’s Sara Hector, sixth at 96 hundredths, interspersed two Italian athletes with Federica Brignone in seventh place. The Carabiniera from Aosta Valley remains in the running for the noble parts of the ranking, thanks to the best partial in the last part of the course, finishing at 0″98. Closing out the top ten was Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami, eighth at 1″00, followed by the two Norwegians Ragnhild Mowinckel and Mina Fuerst Holtmann, respectively in ninth and tenth place lagging behind by 1″02 and 1″05.

Asja Zenere (32nd), Roberta Melesi (38th) and Elisa Platino (42nd) failed to advance to the round.

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