Alexis Pinturault wins fourth alpine combined World Cup title in Austria
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France's Alexis Pinturault dominates the alpine combined race in Hinterstoder to claim his fourth title and close the gap on Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in the race for overall World Cup glory.
France's Alexis Pinturault won his fourth FIS World Cup alpine combined title on Sunday with victory in Hinterstoder, Austria, cutting the gap to overall World Cup leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to just 34 points in the process.
Pinturault won the alpine combined titles in 2016, 2017 and 2019, with his latest title charge under threat from Norwegian all-rounder Kilde. The Frenchman kept his cool however to record the second best Super-G time behind Swiss Mauro Caviezel, with Kilde one hundredth of a second behind in third.
Fellow title rivals Matthias Mayer of Austria and Italian Riccardo Tonetti also finished in the top six to leave the crowd pumped up for the slalom runs later on.
Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and France's Victor Muffat-Jeandet both impressed in second discipline, but Pinturault was the quickest skier down the hill to complete an easy win by 0.99s. Caviezel and Kilde finished the slalom inside the top five to seal second and third respectively, with Pinturault's 100 point haul winning him the AC title by 108 points from Kilde.
This was Pinturault's 28th World Cup victory, 10th in alpine combined and a fourth crystal globe in the discipline, with the 28-year-old still in contention for the giant slalom and overall crowns. His victory cuts Kilde's overall lead to just 34 points with nine races left this season, while Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen slips back to third, 101 points behind Kilde.
Pinturault is also just 56 points behind Slovenia's Žan Kranjec with three GS title races left, including Monday's rescheduled giant slalom outing in the Austrian resort
Hinterstoder FIS World Cup Alpine Combined results
- Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 2m 4.90s
- Mauro Caviezel (CHE) +0.99s
- Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) +1.25s
- Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) +1.41s
- Riccardo Tonetti (ITA) +1.45s
- Matthias Mayer (AUT) +2.07s
- Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) +2.07s
- Marco Schwarz (AUT) +2.59s
- Loic Meillard (CHE) +2.83s
- Pavel Trikhichev (RUS) +2.99s
FIS World Cup Men's overall standings