Saturday saw France’s Alexis Pinturault win the eighth giant slalom of his career, holding off fierce competition from Austria’s Marcel Hirscher. The win by the 25 year old has put increased pressure on his Austrian counterpart, but he’s still at the top of the Ski World Cup standings.
Beating the French grand slalom record, the conditions were great for the Val d’Isere race on the Face de Bellevarde course, which was dominated by Pinturault throughout, earning him his 17th World Cup victory in his homeland.
The win was even more surprising considering his badly bruised right hand, a result of a bad fall in training on Thursday.
It was Pinturault’s second win of the season following his victory in the giant slalom season-opening race in Soelden, Austria.
On Sunday, Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway came top as Saturday’s leader Alexis Pinturault faltered following his Saturday performance.
Henrik’s stunning performance wedged a huge 0.75 second gap between him and the defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher. Despite the two second place wins, Hirscher still increased his overall lead over Pinturault in second to 156 points.
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