Reigning overall World Cup champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde claimed his first win of the new season in the Val Gardena Super G on Friday (18 December).
Kilde clocked 1:26.29 in fine conditions on the famous Saslong slope to secure his fifth career Alpine Ski World Cup victory.
Kilde told Saslong.org, "Today is truly a great day. The race week in Val Gardena/Gröden has always been a special one for me - this year even more so than usual because I did feel some pressure in the run-up. But I had a concrete plan right from the start, which I then implemented perfectly in the race.
"The Saslong simply suits us Norwegians: it is technically demanding, has many jumps and the snow conditions also suit us." - Aleksander Aamodt Kilde
Marco Odermatt finished ninth to move to the top of the overall World Cup standings with previous leader Alexis Pinturault skipping the race.
Kilde's 100 points for the win lifts him into third place above Croatia's Filip Zubcic.
The skiers are back on the Saslong tomorrow for the downhill with American racer Samuel Dupratt missing after his heavy crash in Thursday training.
Kilde is the defending champion having won in 2018 before poor weather forced last year's race to be cancelled.
After his Super G victory, he said, "Tomorrow is the next highlight with the downhill, and I will be on full attack again."