Ski World Cup: Pinturault wins in France to increase pressure on Hirscher


(CNN)Alexis Pinturault held of intense competitors from Marcel Hirscher to win his 8th profession giant slalom, and load the pressure on his Austrian competitor at the top of the Ski World Cup standings.

The Frenchman controlled on the Face de Bellevarde course in his homeland to tape-record his 17th World Cup triumph, beating the French grand slalom record– set the by the famous Jean-Claude Killy– at the same time.

    Pinturault’s win was made even more remarkable after the 25-year-old confessed his severely bruised right-hand man– suffered after a fall in training Thursday– was triggering him a great deal of pain in the warmup.
    “Even today it was incredibly hard for me to hold the pole,” Pinturault informed press reporters at the Val d’Isere resort. “But I gritted my teeth and I virtually didn’t feel it over the 2 runs.

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    “I wished to be on the podium today and I am on the top, so, best. It was tough due to the fact that in the warmup I had numerous issues with my hand and, lastly with adrenaline, the discomfort went.”

    After the day’s very first run, Pinturault held a 0.67-second lead over Hirscher and, in spite of having his benefit cut by majority in the 2nd run, still ended up a 3rd of a 2nd ahead of the protecting champ.
    It was Pinturault’s 2nd win of the season following his success in the huge slalom season-opening race in Soelden, Austria, although Hirscher stays 76 points clear at the top of the total standings.
    “The only thing I can state is that my very first run was absolutely not exactly what I was anticipating,” the five-time champ stated after his 2nd run.


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    “I had a truly fantastic sensation prior to this race and the very first run was an actually huge ‘wow’ result for myself, however the 2nd run was way much better.
    “I attempted my finest and lastly reached the podium once again and I’m extremely pleased with today’s lead to basic however I’m a bit p **** d off about the very first run.”

    Worley wins at Sestriere

    Over in Italy, a nail-biting huge slalom unfolded, as France’s Tessa Worley edged out Lara Gut by 0.15 seconds to win her 2nd grand slalom of the season.
    After the very first run, a leading 4 of Mikaela Shiffrin, Tina Weirather Gut and Worely were separated by simply 5 hundredths of a 2nd.

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    Worley exposed after the 2nd run that she had actually seen compatriot Pinturault ski to success in France and was influenced to replicate his outcome.
    “It feels truly amazing,” the 27-year-old informed FIS Ski. “It’s terrific to be able to ski similar to you’re utilized to doing in training and simply need to consider pressing truly tough in the races.
    “And that was plainly the only thing that I had to consider today since all the ladies were battling really hard. It was a tight race, so I’m delighted I won it.”
    Worley’s win sees her relocate to 5th in the general standings, while Shiffrin holds an eight-point lead over Gut at the top.

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