America’s Ted Ligety maintained his dominance in the giant slalom by winning the season-opening World Cup race for a third straight year in Soelden on Sunday.
The 29 year old, who clinched six of eight races last season and defended his world title in this discipline, looked in great shape and
held on to his first-run lead to outclass his nearest rival by 0.79 seconds.
France’s Alexis Pinturault produced a solid second run but it wasn’t to be for the 22 year old, who eventually had to settle for second place, equalling his performance from 2011, for his 15th World Cup podium.
Local favourite Marcel Hirscher kept his composure to come third while America’s Bode Miller finished 19th upon his return to the circuit following a 20-month injury layoff.
The next World Cup event gets underway in Finland on November 16.