Friday, January 22, 2016

Clean Sweep for France at Hahnenkamm Combined

The French team took it all it the Alpine Combined in Kitzbühel. Alexis Pinturaultt wins, followed by Victor Muffat-Jeandet (2nd +0.89) and Mermillod Blondin (3rd +0.92).

The win was an important one for Pinturault, who had been very quiet this season with his previous top finish being fourth place in the Adelboden slalom. But today, Pinturault showed that, despite his podium drought this season, he is still one of the most dynamic skiers on the Audi FIS World Cup tour, winning by 0.89 seconds, despite trailing by 1.22 seconds after the super-G.
"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. "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".
For Muffat-Jeandet, it was his fourth podium of the season as he is having the best season of his career. All three of his previous podiums came in the giant slalom, making today’s combined finish a particular surprise as it was a super-G and slalom combination and did not involve his favorite discipline. It was Mermillod Blondin's , fifth-career podium and his first time cracking the top three since 2014 in Lenzerheide (SUI).

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