World champion in combined skiing alexis pinturault won the last giant slalom of the season and secured second place in the overall world cup already before the slalom on sunday. D
He was 0.44 seconds faster than switzerland’s marco odermatt at the world cup finals in soldeu. Third place in andorra went to slovenian zan kranjec. "It’s wonderful," pinturault told TV station ORF.
Marcel hirscher from austria had already secured the crystal ball for the victory in the discipline classification before the start, as well as his eighth victory in a row in the overall world cup. "It’s very cool to have this ball. ‘It’s wonderful and surreal to have this now for the sixth time,’ hirscher said of giant slalom trophy.
He gets the rough ball after the slalom on sunday (10.30/13.3 p.M./ZDF and eurosport), in which felix neureuther will also be competing in what will probably be his last world cup race. With hirscher, too, it is open whether the dominator of the past years will continue his career. "If i keep racing, i have a lot of work to do," said hirscher. He was 1.74 seconds behind pinturault in sixth place in the day’s standings. He must clear his head after the slalom and make a good decision.
The only german competitor alexander schmid was eliminated in the first round. The hoped-for world cup points for a good starting position in the coming winter were missed by the world cup eighth place finisher. Best german in the giant slalom ranking is stefan luitz on rank eleven. He had succeeded the day before with his appeal before the international sports court CAS and got back his world cup victory from december. He was disqualified from the race in beaver creek by the world skiing federation because of a rule violation.