Alexis Pinturault unbeatable in Hinterstoder
It was a great Giant Slalom at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Hinterstoder. After a thrilling first run, the second run definitively kept up in terms of action and suspense.
Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, who is definitively in the flow since his last Giant Slalom win in Naeba and his win in the Alpine Combined race & standings in Chamonix, was unbeatable on the Austrian course and clocked the fastest time in the addition of both runs.
„This win was unexpected,“ said Pinturault. „Especially after the big mistake I did right before the flat part. It’s never good to do mistakes before flats! I wasn’t sure it would be enough, but in the end, I was peasently surprised with my time.“
In second position, the Giant Slalom King Marcel Hirscher earned its 13th podium of the season and delighted the 11‘000 Austrian fans present in the finish area.
„This is how World Cup Ski Racing should be,“ said Hirscher. „A nice hill, a very icy slope and tricky course setting. All in all, it was a very good day for me, a second place is the maximum I could reach today. Alexis showed what is the best Giant Slalom turn right now, and with my two stupid mistakes there was no way I could beat him.“
Giant Slalom specialist Thomas Fanara came back to his top shape and claimed the 3rd place in today’s race. The Frenchman took 2nd in the World Cup Opening in Sölden, but struggle to claim top positions ever since.
„I had two difficult months between Sölden and now,“ said Fanara. „First I finished in the net in Beaver Creek, then in Val d‘Isère I skied strong but made a stupid mistake, the snow didn’t fit me in Alta Badia, and then you start to think and the confidence is gone. When you ski only one discipline like me, there is no other race to find your shape again. So you need to be patient. Here the snow conditions really suit me and everything just fit together today. I’m very happy to be back on the podium.“
A Super-G is scheduled on Saturday (starting at 12.00 CET) and a second Giant Slalom on Sunday (starting at 09.30 & 12.30 CET).
„After two consectutive wins in Giant Slalom, I may be the favourite for Sunday,“ said Pinturault. „But Marcel is still the leader of the standings, and he is one of those guys that is always a potential podium finisher.“
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