Men's Night Slalom: Sestrière, Italy
"I don't know what there is between Sestrière and myself...but I feel really strong here," said the racer from Oslo after his fifth World Cup win. "The conditions were good enough this time to help me ski at my best level."
This result confirms Jagge's strong season start. He finished 4th in Park City after clocking the fastest time in the opening run. Then he was 7th in Aspen were he set the fastest time in the second leg in fact he has won three out of six runs this winter.
"The race conditions were not so good in America as they are here in Sestrière... despite the warm weather they did a good job here," said Jagge after the race. "It's a very important result for me to prepare for the World's in Vail with great confidence."
The quiet Stangassinger, whose best result at Sestrière was a second place in 1994, couldn't be upset about loss to his friend Jagge. He was just happy to score his second podium in a row. Last year he only finished 17th here.
"I am not disappointed after my result from last year," he said. "I feel more consistent this winter and my skis are perfect. It's just fun to remain so fast despite my age..."
The 1994 bronze Olympic medal winner Jure Kosir reached his first podium on the World Cup tour since finishing 3rd in Lillehammer during the finals. Last year, he was the fastest skier on the slope here until just a few gates before the finish line when he straddled a gate. Kosir was 5th at the Olympics in Nagano in giant slalom. "I feel stronger and better motivated now since we have changed our staff during last Spring," said the 26-year-old racer from Slovenia. "I had no problem today I hope it's the start of another great season".
No skier from North America qualified for the second run.
The next men's races will also take place in Italy: two downhills are scheduled on Friday and Saturday in Val Gardena, in northeastern Italy. A giant slalom runs Sunday in nearby Alta Badia, on the other side of the beautiful Dolomites. Then on Monday, in Innsbruck, Austria, on the famous "Patscherkofel" downhill run of the 1976 Olympics that the legendary Franz Klammer made famous, a Super-G will take place. This will be the last event before Christmas.
Mountain Zone European Correspondent