At 11.30 this morning, the 51 athletes started with long skis on the Stelvio downhill. At the end of this first run, the winner from yesterday’s race Dominik Paris was the one in the lead, with +0.21 on Matthias Mayer and +0.50 in Peter Fill.
The only one from the first run that made it to the podium is Italian Peter Fill. The two times downhill globe winner was able to bring down a decent slalom run, to stay on the podium in second position, +0.42 off the winner’s pace.
Today’s World Cup win went to Alexis Pinturault. The Frenchman has been the “one to beat” in this discipline in the previous seasons, claiming the seasons standings four times in the last five years. Even with a particularly tough downhill, the giant slalom whiz managed to limit the damage in downhill, with a 16th place +1.65 behind, and laid down the fastest splits from top to bottom in the slalom run. This offers him the 21st World Cup win of his career and replaces him on the 5th place in the Overall ranking going into the New Year.
Only +0.02 behind the second place Peter Fill, Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud takes the third place again today. Finishing 4th of the downhill with three important contenders ahead of him, the attacking Viking knew he had to charge in the slalom and he was able to pull out a 15th run, that was enough to earn the last spot of the podium of this alpine combined.