Pinturault continues winning run
Pinturault took the lead in the first run by just over a third of a second from Schoerghofer with his big rival for the Giant Slalom globe, Hirscher, down in joint seventh spot. A second run charge by Hirscher saw him back on the podium but Pinturault was in commanding form and took his fourth win in a row by just under half a second.
After the first run, Pinturault explained how his run had gone: “It looks perhaps easier than it is for me to explain. The track was in the middle part very rough, for those who come now, it is even more difficult.”
“I would never say that I’m unbeatable. I know how the sport goes,” Pinturault explained after the race had ended. “Things go up and down very quickly. You always have to stay focused.”
“I am still behind in the race for the Globe but I will continue to stay focussed and have fun,” Pinturault added. With four wins from the nine races, Pinturault has another two races to close down the gap of 91 points.
While Pinturault is the man to beat, there were also great performances from Mathieu Faivre in coming fifth and Cyprien Richard who started 40th and battled his way into the second run before finishing in 9th place. Richard’s second run was the fourth fastest.
With almost perfect conditions for the replacement race for Garmisch-Partenkirchen race, Kranjska Gora will host a second race, the last regular season Giant slalom in the morning. Six HEAD World Cup Rebels are in the twenty five spaces that will go to the World Cup Finals: Pinturault (2), Faivre (5), Andre Myhrer (12), Ted Ligety (14 injured), Kjetil Jansrud (19) and Gino Caviezel (22). Cyprien Richard is back in 32nd spot and with another good result in the last race could just edge into contention for a place.
Alexis Pinturault is on a roll at the right time of the season! “I feel great, for sure,“ said Pinturault. “You know, after a victory, it is always something special. It is a special moment. It was a great, tough race today. What about tomorrow? We’ll see, because it’s going to be not the same as today. Expecting rain, so that’s going to be really hard mentally.”
1. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
5. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD
9. Cyprien Richard (FRA) HEAD
27. Tommy Ford (USA) HEAD