Werner Perathoner of Italy tamed a treacherous, bumpy course today to win a super-giant slalom for his first World Cup victory of the season.
The race, the last super-G before the World Championships that open next Monday in Sierra Nevada, Spain, was interrupted twice for a total of 50 minutes to repair the course. An overnight snowfall had dumped new snow on the track, which was icy in its upper part.Perathoner, 28, flashed down the Kandahar course before the first break and covered the 35-gate track in 1 minute, 19.62 seconds. France's Luc Alphand, who won Friday's downhill, finished second in 1:19.83 and Austria's Patrick Wirth was third in 1:20.05.
The race was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was moved back when dense fog shrouded the course. One of the two scheduled downhills was called off and will be raced instead in Happo One, Japan, in early March.
Perathoner's only previous World Cup victory came last year on the Olympic course at Kvitfjell, Norway, also in a super-G.