PINTURAULT FINISHES SECOND IN ADELBODEN
HEAD World Cup Rebel, Alexis Pinturault withstood the mounting pressure of the rest of the field to take second place in the World Cup Giant Slalom in Adelboden. After making a mistake on the first run, Pinturault was in third placed but put in an awesome second run to lay the challenge down for the last two racers waiting to come down. Marcel Hirscher held on to his first run lead to win the race with Henrik Kristoffersen taking third place.
“After the first run I was confident but a little angry from this mistake,” Pinturault explained after the race. “It is difficult on the second run with all the bumps and the visibility, so you just have to push really hard,” he continued.
With Kristoffersen having attacked hard on the second run to try and overhaul the lead that Pinturault had over him, 0.01 seconds, Pinturault reacted to the pressure by posting an even faster time over just over half a second faster.
With Ted Ligety having a hard day at the races in taking seventh, Head Coach of the US team, Sasha Rearick explained how things had gone for the World Giant Slalom Champion and defending World Cup Champion: “Today’s skiing took a lot of trust. The courses were easy. You had to trust yourself to hammer down, and we didn’t trust ourselves today. That’s what we’re going to focus on as we move into the next GS races.”
“We’re going to come back an evaluate (Ligety’s performance). He’s back at the condo getting recovered, some food in him, and we’re going to sit down as a team and figure out what we have to do to get him to his best form.”
With Mathieu Faivre placing ninth for his first top ten result of the season and Matts Olsson also producing an encouraging performance with 11th, more of the HEAD World Cup Rebels are coming into great shape as the World Championships near.
Faivre was very satisfied with his performance and is now looking forward to the next race, the World Championship Giant Slalom. For Matts Olsson, he was very happy with his results after a run of bad results: “It is really satisfying to get some points, I can ski a little more relaxed in the next races.”
With four HEAD World Cup rebels in the top eleven finishers, What’s your Limit?
1. Marcel Hirscher
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
3. Henrik Kristoffersen
7. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
9. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) HEAD
11. Matts Olsson (SWE) HEAD
18. Cyprien Richard (FRA) HEAD
22. Dustin Cook (CAN) HEAD
23. Gino Caviezel (SUI) HEAD