Slovakian Petra Vlhova, on the high of the general World Cup standings since November, finds herself underneath direct menace from Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami forward of the three pace races scheduled in Val di Fassa (Italy) from Friday to Sunday.
In the assault of the final third of the World Cup season (22 races out of 33 have been contested), Petra Vlhova is 42 factors forward of Lara Gut-Behrami (the victory is price 100 factors). The 25-year-old Slovak, who has by no means gained the large crystal globe, took the lead within the 2nd race of the winter in Levi (Finland) in November and has loved a comfy lead for a very long time. of his wonderful ends in slalom (three victories) and good pictures in big (two podiums) and in super-G (one podium).
But she noticed the revenge Lara Gut-Behrami (29 years outdated) come again on her, victorious on the large globe in 2016, change into unbeatable in super-G (4 victories) and climb on the rostrum in downhill and in big. The dynamic in the beginning of the season has been reversed, as confirmed by the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) over the previous two weeks.
A minor fall in coaching
With two titles (super-G and big) and a third place (downhill) Gut-Behrami was the perfect skier within the competitors, whereas Petra Vlhova was strong however lackluster (2nd general and slalom).
From Friday to Sunday, the circuit catches as much as two races canceled in China due to the coronavirus pandemic and a race canceled in February in Garmisch (Germany) due to dangerous climate, for 3 pace assessments a priori extra favorable to the Swiss.
Barely two days after her silver medal within the slalom on the Worlds, Vlhova was scared on Monday in coaching in San Pellegrino (Italy) with a fall that was in the end innocent. “These two weeks have been difficult, she has participated in all the races, as well as all the World Cup races since the start of the season, it is not easy,” stated her brother and assistant coach.
“Petra is in this position for the first time. I don’t know how she will handle it mentally, this first place in the World Cup, it is never easy the first time,” warned her coach Livio Magoni in December. The skiers who observe within the standings are usually not completely excluded from the race for the large globe: the Swiss Michelle Gisin is third at 182 factors behind Vlhova and the Italian Marta Bassino 4th at 248 factors.
With two runs, the weekend can even be essential for the small globe of the self-discipline, who can nonetheless come to the Italian Sofia Goggia, though she ended her season on damage. While there are nonetheless 300 factors to be taken at greatest within the self-discipline (three races), Goggia has 195 factors greater than the American Breezy Johnson and 210 greater than the Swiss world champion Corinne Suter.