Alexis Pinturault reigns in Kitzbuehel Alpine Combined
“It’s what makes the combined unique. 1.22 seconds isn’t a lot when you talk about the difference between speed and slalom, so I knew there was a chance,” said Pinturault after the race. “I just knew I had to give it everything I had and see what would happen. Today when I finished, it was enough and I was happy to get the win, especially in Kitzbühel, it’s very special.”
“It feels great, it’s just something very special. A victory is something special, but even more here in Kitzbuehel,” Pinturault added.
In Wengen the previous week, it was a speed skiers event, this was the turn of the technical skiers to take the podium. Kitzbuehel is now almost synonymous with Alexis Pinturault as he has now won the Alpine Combined in Kitzbuehel three years on the bounce.
In a year that has seen him place a best of fourth in Slalom, Pinturault posted the third fastest slalom time, one-hundredth of a second off the second fastest but with enough advantage after the Super G section, Pinturault was a comfortable winner overall.
Kjetil Jansrud posted a safe Slalom run to place thirteenth at the end of the race, having been in fourth after the Super G section.
There was a slight worry at the team captains meeting as it was announced that Svindal had spent time with the physio after the race looking after his hamstring.It was announced that his start in the Downhill was not in danger.
Despite crashing out on the Slalom run, Aksel Lund Svindal keeps hold of the Overall lead as Marcel Hirscher straddled early on the second run and was disqualified. The lead remains the same, advantage Svindal by 107 points. Alexis Pinturault is now the holder of the Alpine Combined red bib.
1.Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
2. Victor Muffat-Jeandet
3. Thomas Mermillod-Blondin
13. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
24. Ralph Weber (SUI) HEAD