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Pinturault giant slalom win ups pressure on Hirscher


Pinturault giant slalom win ups pressure on Hirscher

Frenchman Alexis Pinturault snatched another World Cup giant slalom victory on Saturday, and his second win of the season.

Nothing could stop the 25-year-old from conquering the icy Face de Bellevarde course – not the hand injury he sustained while training earlier in the week.

Pinturault even beat the French grand slalom record set by Jean-Claude Killy.

It’s his 17th career World Cup win and eighth win in giant slalom, heaping the pressure on his Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher.

Hirscher, the five-time defending overall World Cup winner, finished 0.33 second behind Pinturault.

However he leads the overall World Cup standings on 360 points, with Pinturault second on 284.

Pinturault also finished 1.5 seconds clear of Henrik Kristoffersen, another technical ace.

The 22-year-old Norwegian finished third in Val d’Isere, climbing up from 14th place after the first run.

With AP