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Flying Frenchman Pinturault wins 4th straight Giant Slalom

Flying Frenchman Pinturault wins 4th straight Giant Slalom
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Alexis Pinturault continued his dazzling form of late by winning a World Cup giant slalom race in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for his fourth consecutive victory in the discipline.

The 24-year old becomes only the second Frenchman to win four Giant Slaloms on the bounce – the first being Jean-Claude Killy in 1967.

Pinturault is however well off the mark of overall record holder in the discipline, Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who won 14 times in a row across 1978 and ’80.

Pinturault finished the race down the shortened Podkoren course 0.47 seconds clear of second-place Philipp Schoerghofer of Austria.

Schoerghofer avoided a near miss down the second run to eventually celebrate his first World Cup podium since December 2011 and fifth career top-three finish.

The race for the discipline title has now reached an exciting climax as standings’ leader Marcel Hirscher skied to third place which has left him 91 points ahead of Pinturault with two Giant Slaloms of the season remaining and a win worth 100 points.

In the overall standings, Hirscher stretched his lead over Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen to 293 points.

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