Pinturault claims alpine combined globe with Chamonix win
Alexis Pinturault claimed his third FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup alpine combined globe with two impressive displays in Chamonix on Friday.
The Frenchman had previously shared the alpine combined titles with Ivica Kostelic in 2012-13 and Ted Ligety in 2013-14 but the 2015-16 crown will be all his after he won two of the three races this season.
Pinturault - who also won in Kitzbuhel - claimed victory by 0.27 seconds in the French resort with an overall time of two minutes 13.29secs from Dominik Paris.
He laid the foundations for his win with an impressive first run, his slalom time of 42.55secs over three tenths faster than his nearest rivals.
Thomas Mermillod Blondin and Victor Muffat-Jeandet were the only two racers within a second of Pinturault, while his title rival Kjetil Jansrud was 1.67secs back.
After a lengthy delay to the downhill leg of the event due to bad weather the start was lowered, shortening the course.
Jansrud showed his supreme skills to set a new target for Pinturault with a downhill time of 1:29.79, and an overall time of 2:14.01.
It was not enough to secure him a podium though as Mermillod Blondin (+0.57secs), Muffat-Jeandet (+0.69secs) and Paris all went back ahead of the Norwegian, the latter going momentarily top of the timesheets with the fastest downhill run.
Pinturault had the final say, though, as he produced an error-free run to claim the ninth fastest downhill time, and give him victory and the first globe of the campaign.