Pinturault attacks "La Face" and claims a second win at Val d'Isère
On an extreme hill like “La Face De Bellevarde” in Val d’Isère, there is no other choice than to attack and tackle the steep and icy course from top to bottom. Today, Alexis Pinturault’s talent and strength made the difference and he was able to claim his second giant slalom victory in the French resort.
This 20th World Cup victory was not only a big step in Pinturault’s career, but it was also an emotional win for the whole French team, as Pinturault dedicated his win to his teammate David Poisson, who passed away less than a month ago.
Marcel Hirscher was the fastest in the first run, but he knew he had to push hard to surpass Pinturault’s strong second run. He risked it all and hit a blue gate in the middle part of the course, that was stuck to his right hand for a few gates. This mistake slowed him down a little, but he was still able to earn the second spot of the podium, the 109th podium placement of his career.
Between the two giant slalom giants, Germany’s Stefan Luitz proves that he is in the shape of his life this season, by recording a second podium in as many races. With this 2nd place, Luitz now has six World Cup podiums under his belt, but he still lacks a win. Not doubt that he should be able to score this rather sooner than later.
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