Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff Agence France-Presse
The skier French Alexis Pinturault
Alexis Pinturault has added the title of winner of the combined at the circuit of the world Cup at his coronation of world champion won eleven days ago.
The French won the last race in the discipline this season when its main rival, the Austrian Marco Schwarz, was injured during the super-G and has been forced to pull out of the slalom.
“I’m really happy, but also a little disappointed because Marco is injured, said Pinturault. I wanted to fight on the regular. This is bad news. It is a happy ending for me, but I also think of Marco. “
Schwarz, who led the combined ranking after having won the previous race in Wengen last month, injured his left knee after making a jump a little before the arrival of the super G. The team of the austrian ski said that Schwarz was returning to Austria for medical exams later in the day.
The second in the standings, the French Victor Muffat-Jeandet, has not ended his run of slalom and has also failed to score points.
Pinturault has admitted to have changed his strategy after the withdrawal of Schwarz and the fact that no other rival was in a position to put pressure on him.
“After the super-G, I knew that there was no real contenders, he recognized. I had to stay in control of my skis. The goal was to finish my run [slalom]. “
Pinturault, olympic medalist silver in 2018, has won five titles on the handset at the circuit of the world Cup, tying the record set by Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt, there are seventeen-year-old.
The French is now the only male skier to have won at least one race combined during seven seasons at the circuit of the world Cup.
Pinturault won the race Friday by 0,68 seconds. The sevenfold champion in the overall standings of the world Cup, Marcel Hirscher, who made a rare appearance in a test of the alpine combined, finished second in the single discipline in which he has already taken part in without having won a race in the world Cup. The Austrian, however, has won the gold in the combined at the olympics last year.
This result means that Hirscher has only lost 20 points on his huge lead on Pinturault, second in the general classification. The Austrian now has 460 points ahead.
The Slovenian Stefan Hadalin ranked third to 0.69 second, while the rest of the squad has been relegated to more of a second.
The Canadian Trevor Philp had a great showing, recording his first top 10 at the circuit of the world Cup. He finished fifth while his teammate Dustin Cook, of Ottawa, has not completed the ” round super-G.
“It’s a good day when you end up in the top 5. I am really excited, said Philp. I knew my starting number in the slalom gave me a chance and I did my best to take advantage of this. “
Pinturault went ahead of the Swiss Mauro Caviezel of 0.16 second and the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr 0.06 after the super-G, but they have declined, respectively, the sixth and eleventh ranks after the slalom.
The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, who was making his debut in the world Cup in a handset, finished at 2,64 seconds behind the winner.
A super-G on the same course is planned, Saturday.