With almost a week-long break from alpine skiing, men are travelling to Adelboden in Switzerland, where they will compete in a Giant Slalom race on 12th of January, and Slalom race on 13th of January. The Giant Slalom race will mark the 19th event and 5th Giant Slalom race of the season.
The last race of the season took place in Zagreb, where men competed in a Slalom event, which was won by Marcel Hirscher, who set a new record in Zagreb with the 5th win in the event, which is the most of any other men and women. Marcel Hirscher is also the only man who has won more than once on Medvednica since the first race in 2008. There are only 3 other athletes who won a World Cup race on Medvednica more than once; Marlies Schild (2), Tanja Poutiainen (2) and Mikaela Shiffrin (4). As mentioned Marcel Hirscher finished 1st, well in front of 2nd placed Alexis Pinturault (+0.60) and Manuel Feller (+0.62), while Henrik Kristoffersen finished only 5th over a second behind Marcel Hirscher (+1.35s).
The last Giant Slalom of the season took place in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, where Zan Kranjec won his first World Cup race of his career. At the second place, we saw Loic Meillard (+0.19) and Mathieu Faivre at 3rd (+0.50). Marcel Hirscher, the favourite to win the event finished only 6th, 0.77s too slow for the 1st spot.
The next race for men will take place in Adelboden, a mountain village in Switzerland, more specifically on the Cheunisbärgli. This year will mark the 63rd edition of the Adelboden Ski races at the steepest Cheunisbärgli slope. As of now, Marcel Hirscher is the all-time leader with a total of 7 wins at this venue, 3 of which came from Giant Slalom events and 4 from Slalom races. Looking at the last season races in Adelboden, we saw Marcel Hirscher winning both, Giant Slalom as well as Slalom events. In the Giant Slalom event, Marcel Hirscher finished 1st, 0.17s in front of Henrik Kristoffersen and 0.21s in front of Alexis Pinturault. If he manages to win on 12th of January again, it would be his 8th win at Adelboden as well as his 2nd Giant Slalom win in a row at this slope. Now let’s check the favourites to win the upcoming Giant Slalom event and our predictions.
In the last Giant Slalom race, Marcel Hirscher underperformed and finished only 6th, well behind the winner Zan Kranjec who was 0.77s too fast for Hirscher. With his 6th spot finish, Hirscher ended his 18 straight podium finish run in World Cup Giant Slalom events. The last time we did not see Hirscher on the podium in Giant Slalom race was in March 2014, when he finished 4th in Kranjska Gora. In his career, Hirscher won 31 World Cup Giant Slalom races, which is the second most, only trailing Ingemar Stenmark, who has 46 wins in Giant Slalom. In Adelboden, Hirscher holds the record of most wins (7) as well as 14 podium finishes in all disciplines. The men record for the most wins in a single ski resort is 8; Stenmark in Madonna di Campiglio, Aksel Lund Svindal in Lake Louise and Hirscher in Alta Badia. As for record podium finishes in a single ski resort, Hirscher is already tied with Aksel Lund Svindal with 15 podiums. Svindal achieved 15 in Beaver Creek, while Hirscher has 15 podium finishes in Val d’Isere.
Alexis Pinturault is only 1 World Cup win shy of reaching the French record held by Carole Marle (22 wins). He is also only 1 podium finish shy of reaching 50 podiums in his career. As for his performances in Giant Slalom, Pinturault is the only man other than Marcel Hirscher who won a Giant Slalom race last season. This season, however Pinturault best result in Giant Slalom is the 3rd place in Alta Badia. IN Adelboden, Pinturault finishes on the podium 3 times, in 2015,2017 and 2018 and will be looking to make it 4 in a row on 12th of January. He finished 2nd in 2015, won in 2017 and finished 3rd last season.
Žan Kranjec the last Giant Slalom race in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which was his 1st World Cup win in his career. If he manages to win in Adelboden, he would become the first man other than Hirscher to win 2 consecutive Giant Slalom races since Alexis Pinturault in 2016, when he won 4 in a row. In addition, he would become the first Slovenian male athlete to win multiple World Cup races other than Jure Kosir (3) and Andrej Jerman (2).
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|Outright||Henrik Kristoffersen||/||13.00||1 Unit||Lost|
|Winning Margin||0 to and including 0.14s||/||4.50||1 Unit||Lost|