Italy's Max Blardone reached his third podium of the season at Kranjska Gora where he finished 3rd in the race won by USA's Ted Ligety. Blardone, 2nd after the first run, fought hard in the afternoon to remain among the top-3 at the end of that race which is was hoping to win after being once 2nd and two times 3rd in recent years. "It was really difficult because the snow was much softer this afternoon, I made more mistakes than I wanted," he said. "I felt much more comfortable this morning but it got warmer before the second run," the skier from Piedmont added. "It was a close call again, I was surely aiming for more," he also commented. "I'm pleased to get back among the best three here following the disappointing results at Sestrières and Val d'Isère but my goal at the start of a race is to win."
Blardone, who has now a nice collection of 17 top-3 results collected on all the established world cup slopes, was not racing in his best form after suffering a bad crash last week in a Europa Cup race. "I feel some pain at my back and also my shoulder, but it should be fine at Are. I wish to end this season on a higher not - I hope that the race will be challening there."