France has offered twice in giant Saturday on snow Spring Yuzawa Naeba, Japan, with Alexis Pinturault that beat Mathieu Faivre to sign the 11th success of his career in Cup world Alpine skiing.
Become again the little blond prince Pinturault, 24, had led the charge of the historic treble combined on 22 January in Kitzbühel (Austria), before Victor Muffat-Jeandet and Thomas Mermillod Blondin.
Yuzawa Naeba, where the world Cup did not return for 41 years, the Courchevellois, second after the first run to 52 / 100th of the German fritz dopfer was sparkling on the second course and softened snow spring temperature (about 10 ° C).
Impeccable in the wall, the Savoyard took speed diagonally leading to the last dish. He preceded Faivre 51 / 100th, while veteran returning and Italian Massimiliano Blardone was third at 67/100.
“What I could hope for? It’s . the first time here this is not Adelboden (reference giant, Switzerland), but it is a very good track for the world Cup, “said the winner
-. Hirscher in difficulty –
Dopfer -Finally seventh at 1 sec 45 / 100- was not the only one to lose on the second plot. Master giant this season (three wins), the Austrian Marcel Hirscher dropped from the provisional third spot in the first run in the sixth final (+1.31), its worst result in the specialty for three years.
If it has lost some points in the race for the big globe facing the young Henrik Kristoffersen, the Salzburger still on course, with 124 points ahead before the slalom Sunday, the Norwegian is the favorite.
the French domination was reinforced by fifth-Jeandet Victor Muffat (+0.91), which remained on three podiums in giant.
with the new year, Pinturault left behind him a disastrous start to the season between track outputs and a heavy fall in giant in Beaver Creek (Eats States).
“It’s hard, especially when it is skiing fast and I feel there is a little fate that hounds “, was sorry the Savoyard December 13 in Val d’Isere, after a power pole on the slope had hampered his race to a potential podium in slalom.
Party to play up the standings, the Savoyard had returned temporarily in line. But it’s not in his nature
-. Pure giant slalom racers –
With cancellations in Adelboden and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany), the giant slalom racers were not pure felt the adrenaline of the competition for 55 days and proof of Alta Badia (Italy), won by 20 December Hirscher. This was particularly true of Faivre and Blardone.
We knew that Azuréen, 24 and junior world champion in 2010, had many facilities. But since a fourth place December 8, 2013 in Beaver Creek, the Nice skier expecting her first podium on the main circuit.
In 12 years, Blardone he accumulated 25 giant podiums, seven wins. But of Naeba, 36 and a half years, “is a final gift to my two children, my wife,” said the Piedmontese who participates in his last season.
The champion of Domodossola have waited nearly four years to adapt to the new dimensions of the giant skis and back, perhaps a denrière time, the + + box.