Same hill, same leader, but different disciplines: Pinturault tops SL first run

11 December 2016 10:19
Impressions men's World Cup Val d'Isère 2016
Impressions men's World Cup Val d'Isère 2016 -
Agence Zoom

Same hill, same leader, but a different discipline. Yesterday’s winner Alexis Pinturault is leading in the first run of the traditional “Criterium de la Première Neige” slalom on the rock solid “La Face” course.

In past years, Pinturault was ranked around 10th in the slalom standings and with his current hand injury, no one expected him to top the field today. But the skier from Courchevel impressed everyone and clocked the fastest time on this first run. Besides his win in 2012, Pinturault had a hard time finishing his slaloms on “La Face”, with three DNFs in 2010, 2013 and 2015. His last podium in the discipline was his win in Wengen in 2014, but maybe the confidence and the support of his home crowd will give him wings in the second run as well.

Russia’s Alexander Khoroshilov is back in the game after a DNQ in Levi and sits second, +0.24 behind Pinturault. The discrete but constant skier who has been part of the top-seven group for three seasons now, has good chances to take a 7th podium placement in his career, and maybe even a second win.

Third position goes to globe winner Henrik Kristoffersen. The Norwegian didn’t participate in the first slalom of the season in Levi and had a hard time starting his season. His podium in yesterday’s GS was a big relief, and today he could ski untroubled to +0.42 off Pinturault’s pace.

Levi winner Marcel Hirscher is fourth with +0.74, as Stefano Gross (fifth +0.90) and Mattias Hargin (sixth +0.97) are all within a second of the leader.

Second run starts at 12.30 CET on “La Face”.