Cochran-Siegle sweeps Bormio super-G for maiden World Cup win

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Ryan Cochran-Siegle, pictured on December 19, 2020, is the first US winner of a World Cup super-G for 14 years

In-form American Ryan Cochran-Siegle recorded his maiden World Cup victory, at the age of 28, by sweeping to a convincing win in the super-G at the Italian resort of Bormio on Tuesday.

Cochran-Siegle's sole previous podium finish was second in the downhill in neighbouring Val Gardena earlier this month.

It was also the first time an American skier won a World Cup super-G since Bode Miller's victory in Hinderstoder in 2006.

"I was at the limit through the middle part of the course and gained a lot of time there, which let me build up a pretty good gap," said Cochran-Siegle.

"Having success in Val Gardena let me have trust in myself and my skiing."

Cochran-Siegle finished 0.79sec ahead of Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr, with Norwegian Adrien Smiseth Sjersted (+0.94sec) rounding out the podium.

Another Norwegian, reigning World Cup overall champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, came in fourth in a race held back from Monday because of poor weather.

Kilde currently sits second in the general classification behind France's Alexis Pinturault, who finished 12th in Bormio.

Pinturault bemoaned a "very bad choice of bib". He'd had the choice of 1, 17 or 19, and opted to open up the race.

"It surely cost me a lot of speed," said the Frenchman, who is 37 points ahead of Kilde in the standings.

"I'm a little closer to where I was hoping to be in the speed events after two races, but I hope to be even better for the upcoming races, notably in Kitzbuehel in January."

Ski racing continues with a downhill on Bormio's famed Stelvio piste on Wednesday.

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