Meillard beats compatriot Tumler for maiden FIS World Cup win

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Swiss skier triumphs in Chamonix parallel giant slalom to claim title.

After four FIS World Cup podiums, Swiss Loic Meillard finally broke his duck with victory in the Chamonix parallel giant slalom to secure the small crystal globe in the discipline. Here is all you need to know:

– Meillard had three seconds and one third in combined, giant slalom and slalom the past two seasons and edged Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen in his first Sunday duel.

– The 23-year-old got past Canadian Erik Read and then Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to make the last four where he advanced after German Alexander Schmid failed to finish.

– He faced compatriot Thomas Tumler in the final and kept his nerve to win by 0.25s for his maiden FIS World Cup win as Schmid defeated American Tommy Ford for third place.

Henrik Kristoffersen and Frenchman Alexis Pinturault were both knocked out in the last 16 with the Norwegian’s FIS World Cup overall lead now 47 points.

– Meillard’s win saw him claim the discipline title after two races, moves him into the top 10 overall and caps a remarkable Sunday for Switzerland after Corinne Suter won the women’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen super-G.

– The men’s FIS World Cup circuit resumes next week at Austrian resort Saalbach-Hinterglemm with downhill and super-G.

FIS World Cup men’s parallel giant slalom from Chamonix:
1. Loic Meillard (Switzerland)
2. Thomas Tumler (Switzerland)
3. Alexander Schmid (Germany)
4. Tommy Ford (United States)
5. Zan Kranjec (Slovenia)
6. Thibaut Favrot (France)
7. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway)
8. Simon Maurberger (Italy)
9. Fabio Gstrein (Austria)
10. Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway)

FIS World Cup men’s overall standings:
1. Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) 903 points
2. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) 856
3. Alexis Pinturault (France) 842
4. Matthias Mayer (Austria) 692
5. Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 617
6. Vincent Kriechmayr (Austria) 588
7. Dominik Paris (Italy) 556
8. Clement Noel (France) 550
9. Loic Meillard (Switzerland) 514
10. Daniel Yule (Switzerland) 495

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