Pinturault benefits from Paris error, Brignone pips favourites

Alexis Pinturault claimed the men's alpine combined in Bormio on Friday to win for the first time in the 2017-18 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season, as Federica Brignone triumphed in the ladies' giant slalom in Lienz.

Dominik Paris had led on home soil thanks to a first run of one minute 48.71 seconds, but the Italian did not finish his second run after straddling a gate, allowing Frenchman Pinturault to win with a combined time of 2:41.13 following runs of 1:50.36 and 50.77.

Paris' compatriot Peter Fill was second, 0.42 seconds behind Pinturault, followed by Norway's Kjetil Jansrud (+0.45).

Winner of the discipline title in each of the last two years, Pinturault leads the standings ahead of the second alpine combined event of the season in Wengen, Switzerland, next month.

Also on Friday, Brignone took out the ladies' giant slalom with a combined time of 2:05.52.

Viktoria Rebensburg was second, just 0.04 secs behind, closely followed by overall FIS World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin (+0.08).

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