France's Tessa Worley celebrates during an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Soelden, Austria Saturday, Oct. 27,2018. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

Worley beats Brignone, Shiffrin to win season-opening GS

October 27, 2018 - 8:16 am

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Tessa Worley has won the season-opening women's World Cup giant slalom in difficult weather conditions on Saturday.

The world champion from France was four tenths of a second off the lead after the first run but posted the fastest time in the final run.

Worley beat first-run leader Federica Brignone of Italy by 0.35, while Olympic GS champion Mikaela Shiffrin finished 0.94 behind in third.

World Cup GS champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was second after the opening run but dropped to fourth, 0.99 off the lead.

Snowfall and low clouds limited visibility, and forced organizers to lower the start gate.

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