Pinturault creates French history with GS finals win

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

A 23rd career win makes him the nation’s most successful World Cup ski racer.

Alexis Pinturault claimed the final GS race of the season in Soldeu, Andorra by beating Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt and Slovenia’s Žan Kranjec. The win, his 23rd in the FIS World Cup, moves him clear at the top of France’s list of most succesful alpine skiers. Here is all you need to know:

Pinturault crushed his rivals with a near-perfect opening leg to put himself in prime position to snatch his 11th World Cup win in a GS

– He prevailed in a combined time of 2:13.06.

– Odermatt finished 0.44s behind after clocking the best time of the second run, with Kranjec 1.03s off the pace

– Pinturault previously shared the French record of most World Cup wins with Carole Merle.

– The usual suspects, Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen, both had an off day, ending up in 6th and 11th places respectively.

– The victory handed Pinturault the runner-up spot in the overall World Cup standings behind Austria’s Hirscher.

– With one race left, Sunday’s slalom, Pinturault has 1,113 points to Norwegian Kristoffersen’s 1,002.

– Hirscher, who had already secured the overall title, has 1,528 points.

– The World Cup programme will be completed with the women’s slalom later on Saturday, then the men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom on Sunday.

Race results

1. Alexis Pinturault (France) 2:13.06
2. Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) +0.44
3. Žan Kranjec (Slovenia) +1.03
4. Manuel Feller (Austria) +1.30
5. Matthieu Faivre (France) +1.39
6. Marcel Hirscher (Austria) +1.74
7. Luca De Aliprandini (Italy) +1.97
8. Ted Ligety (US) +2.08
9. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (France) +2.09
10. Loïc Meillard (Switzerland) +2.11

Overall FIS World Cup standings

1. Marcel Hirscher (Austria) 1,528 points
2. Alexis Pinturault (France) 1,113
3. Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) 1,002

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