Hintermann claims unlikely Wengen win

Niels Hintermann claimed his maiden FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup victory with a surprise alpine combined success on home snow in Wengen on Friday.

The 21-year-old took advantage of clearer conditions to clock the quickest time in the downhill on the Lauberhorn and claim an unlikely win, as many of his rivals encountered tricky conditions on a snowy day in the Swiss Alps.

It was the first time Hintermann had secured a podium finish and he was not the only one, as Maxence Muzaton and Frederic Berthold finished second and third respectively.

Justin Murisier led after going down in 49.06 seconds in the slalom, which was staged as the snow fell heavily and came before the downhill following a change of schedule due a winter storm overnight and the forecast for the remainder of the day.

Murisier slipped back to seventh following the downhill, though, as his compatriot Hintermann exceeded expectations with a time of 1:34.29 to post 2:26.58 overall and pick up the 100 points for the win.

Frenchman Muzaton was marginally quicker than Hintermann in the downhill but 0.26secs slower overall, while Berthold was 0.35secs off the pace.

Alexis Pinturault, winner of the first Santa Caterina alpine combined last month, could only finish back in 20th place and is 287 points adrift of overall leader Marcel Hirscher.

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