Brignone-show on the Swedish snow, the Italian wins the Aare Giant. Bassino fourth


By John

Brignone today achieved his first victory on the Swedish snow. The Aosta Valley skier, third after the first run, was the author of a perfect second run at the end of which she set the best time. For Federica a total time of 2'11″02, second at 33 hundredths of a second was the Swede Sara Hector and third at four tenths the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Fourth at 1″47, Marta Bassino who in the second run (only the twenty-second time of heat) did not tackle the course in the best way. For Brignone, the 'tiger' of La Salle, standard bearer of the Carabinieri Sports Centre, today's victory is the 67th podium of her career, thus surpassing former cross-country skier Stefania Belmondo. With only one giant slalom race missing, the Saalbach final, Brignone is second in the specialty rankings with 650 points, 95 less than Gut-Behrami. In the general World Cup ranking, Gut-Behrami is in command with 1,654 points, 286 more than Brignone and 445 of the American Mikaela Shiffrin who should return to racing tomorrow in the special slalom in Are after the injury at the end of January in Cortina d'Ampezzo.