Roy The Boy previews today's Giant Slalom from Aspen, Colorado and he has two bets which appear as great value in Viktoria Rebensberg and Tina Weirather.
Thank you Boylesports for pricing-up this evening’s Woman’s Giant Slalom Skiing from Aspen, Colorado.
It’s a little late in the day and there is not too much time to place your bets – the actions starts at 7pm live on Eurosport (markets & event closes 5pm) – but value is value and there is some to be had.
Boyles make Mikaela Shiffrin their 5/2 favourite. The 20-year-old is a brilliant slalom racer, but this is Giant Slalom. Her world cup record in this discipline amounts to just a single win (she has 14 in Slaloms). That win was actually a dead-heat and it was scored is Solden last year in the opening race of the season. She returned to the same race this year, finishing second.
The problem is, Solden’s giant slalom is nowhere near as demanding as others and Shiffrin is not built to perform well on faster slopes.
Throw in the aforementioned fact (see recent blog) that she has never made a podium of any kind in Colorado, she rates a massive take-on.
Frederica Brignone is SKYBet’s 5/2 favourite (3/1 at Boyles). The Italian won that Solden curtain raiser last month but that was her first career victory on the FIS World Cup circuit. For that reason she too cannot be backed at such a short price.
At the prices I much prefer Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather (8/1 Boyles) who finished third in Solden. The 25-year-old is a bulky multi-talented athlete who has wins in Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom.
Weirather’s training companion Lara Gut (8/1) is out of form and so the second value selection is Viktoria Rebensburg. The German, a two time World Champion in Giant Slalom(2011 & 2012), has a great start draw (bib 2) this evening and, despite finishing just sixth in Solden, she showed a glimpse of what she is capable of with a stunning second run time of 1.13.48sec.
To quantify that… It was half-a-second faster than any skier that finished in the overall top-9 and was the fastest second run time by some margin. If she can string two good runs together her.
2 points win Viktoria Rebensburg at 8/1 with Boylesports & Skybet
2 points win Tina Weirather at 8/1 with Boylesports & Skybet