Olsson denies big guns in Alta Badia


Matts Olsson beat Scandinavian rival Henrik Kristoffersen to claim his first World Cup victory at Monday's parallel giant slalom event in Alta Badia.

Swede Olsson caused an upset by pipping Kristoffersen in the Dolomites, crossing the line just three hundredths of a second before the Norwegian.

Olsson had only twice secured a World Cup podium, but he was on the top step after denying Kristoffersen and the great Marcel Hirscher had to settle for third place.

Hirscher was beaten by Olsson in the semi-finals, but got the better of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to pick up 60 points in his quest to win an incredible seventh consecutive overall title.

A second-placed finish for Kristoffersen put him top of the overall standings, with the absent Aksel Lund Svindal dropping to third behind the new leader and Hirscher.

Alexis Pinturault, bidding to become the first man to win a World Cup race in six different disciplines, could only finish in ninth spot.