1st GS run in Hinterstoder goes to Alexis Pinturault
For the 9th time in his history, the Austrian village Hinterstoder is the organiser of a World Cup event, with two Giant Slaloms (one of them beeing a replacement for the cancelled Adelboden Giant Slalom) and a Super-G on the schedule. After a successful event in 2011, the Pyhrn-Priel region did a great job again and prepared an icy slope that offered fair conditions to all the racers.
One of the athletes seemed to fly over the course, it’s Frenchman Alexis Pinturault. The winner of the 2015/16 Alpine Combined globe is in an excellent shape and could ski strong from top to bottom, setting high standards for the coming athletes.
Germany’s Stefan Luitz is the only one that came close to Pinturault after his run. He found the key to pass the jump in the lower part without slowing down too much and could carry speed until the finish line, where he was +0.51 behind the leading time.
With bib number 1, Thomas Fanara could hold on a podium placement until the end of the first run. The Frenchman, who claimed a 2nd position in the opening Giant Slalom in Sölden this season, skied +0.78 off Pinturault’s pace and will defintiviely be one to watch in the second run.
Giant Slalom standings leader Marcel Hirscher is 4th, just behind the leader trio. His chances in the second run are real, since he was only +0.87 slower than Pinturault. Runner-up Kristoffersen is 5th with +0.94 and Felix Neureuther 6th +0.98. All the other athltes are more than a second behind.
Make sure you don’t miss the final decision in the second run, starting at 12.30.