Thursday, December 29, 2016

Alexis Pinturault Wins Alpine Combined in Santa Caterina

The first Alpine Combined of the season took place today on the Deborah Compagnoni course in Santa Caterina.
Alexis Pinturault finished in an overall 2:19.71. The winner of the Alpine Combined globe 2016 was in third place after the first run and became faster and faster in the SL run, to final cross the finish line as the winner. It’s his 6th win and 9th podium in the discipline.
Marcel Hirscher finished second, 0.20 seconds off the pace, while Aleksander Aamodt Kilde rounded out the podium, 1.13 out.
The Frenchman is a powerhouse in alpine combined, having won two of the three events last season and taking home the 2016 discipline globe. Yet this race, he thinks, was his best alpine combined ever, feeling confident in both super-G and slalom.
"Winning is always something special", he said. "This super combined was really interesting. The super-G I get in a good place like Marcel and then it was a really good fight for slalom".
Alexis Pinturault fought hard to overcome his deficit from first run. Behind the winner was Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who has never won an alpine combined before. This result marked his 99th World Cup podium, and increased his lead in the overall standings by 80 points. The Austrian now has 713 points, 231 more than Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who is second in the rankings.
Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who was leading after the super-G run by 0.76 seconds, ended the day in third place. The result is his first World Cup podium finish in alpine combined, which is in part thanks to the slalom set by his coach, Fabien Mazuir.
"I knew a little about the course and how it was going to be, so that was for sure an advantage for me", he shared.

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