Mathieu Faivre, crowned world champion last week, set the best time in the first round for World Cup giant Bansko (Bulgaria) on Saturday, Alexis Pinturault is 3rd. Under the sun and on an icy and demanding track, Faivre edged Croatian Filip Zubcic by 0.11 seconds and Alexis Pinturault by 0.23 seconds. Rival of Pinturault for the general classification, the Swiss Marco Odermatt is 6th at 1 sec 09 after the passage of the 30 best skiers. Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen is 4th at 0.68 seconds. The slalom racer Clément Noël has not finished and will not see the second round, scheduled for 1:00 p.m.