Pinturault claims back-to-back giant slalom wins


Alexis Pinturault became the first Frenchman to win back-to-back FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom races in 47 years in Hinterstoder on Friday.

Pinturault claimed his third World Cup alpine combined globe in Chamonix last week and put on another sublime exhibition of giant slalom skiing in Austria a week later.

The 24-year-old was an impressive winner in the last giant slalom race in Naeba and topped the podium once again, as overall and giant slalom leader Marcel Hirscher had to settle for second place in his homeland.

Pinturault set the tone with a fastest time of one minute 16.03 seconds in the first run, leading by over half a second with Stefan Luitz and Thomas Fanara completing the top three.

And a run of 1:15.69 second time around was enough for the in-form Pinturault to celebrate another victory which denied an expectant home crowd the opportunity to celebrate a Hirscher triumph.

Hirscher had been fourth after his opening run and despite an impressive second time of 1:15.61, he was unable to deny Pinturault a victory which ensured he became the first Frenchman to win two giant slalom World Cup races in a row since Jean Noel Augert February in 1969.

Pinturault's compatriot Fanara finished third, with the former now second in the giant slalom standings and Hirscher holding a 151-point advantage.

Hirscher tops the overall standings by 203 points from  Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished fourth Friday's race in fourth spot.