Pinturault beats Hirscher to delight Val d'Isere fans
Alexis Pinturault delighted the home fans in Val d'Isere by beating reigning discipline and overall champion Marcel Hirscher in the World Cup giant slalom.
Frenchman Pinturault produced a brilliant second run to claim his 20th victory in the competition in a time of one minute and 51.18 seconds, with Stefan Luitz (+0.28secs) and Hirscher (+0.44s) completing the podium.
Hirscher led the way after the first run, but Pinturault overturned a 0.12s deficit to close the gap to overall leader Kjetil Jansrud, who did not take part on Saturday, to 50 points with his first win of the season.
In St Moritz, Jasmine Flury stopped Tina Weirather from winning a third successive super-G race in the World Cup, a feat Lindsey Vonn and Lara Gut are the only women to have achieved in the last 15 years.
It is the first time Flury has finished on the podium, with fellow Swiss Michelle Gisin and Weirather unable to better her time of 1:02.59 as Vonn suffered what was described as a compressed back during her run.
Overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin - who led the alpine combined after the slalom run on Friday, though the event faces cancellation due to rescheduling issues - could only finish 20th, four places ahead of Vonn, while Gut crashed out.
.@lindseyvonn compressed her back on the fifth gate, skied through pain but didn't have power to push. She was evaluated by the physio and doctor in the tent. Further information to come. #worldcupstmoritz-- U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) December 9, 2017