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Pinturault clinches World Cup slalom


Pinturault clinches World Cup slalom


France’s Alexis Pinturault produced a stunning performance to clinch a World Cup slalom in Switzerland on Sunday.

The 22-year-old looked in great shape and mastered the steep final section on the piste to finish almost a half-second faster than everyone else in the afternoon.

This win sees Pinturault leapfrog Ted Ligety of the United States into third place overall after the giant slalom specialist failed to qualify for a second attempt.

Felix Neureuther produced a solid run but it wasn’t to be for the experienced German skier as he eventually had to settle for second place after crossing the finish line 0.34 seconds behind the winner.

First-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria endured a disappointing afternoon as an early mistake arguably cost him top honours.

The defending champion was third, trailing 0.63 seconds behind Pinturault’s total time of 1 minute 42.87 seconds while Bode Miller placed 26th to earn his first World Cup points in slalom since December 2011.

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