French skier Alexis Pinturault unstoppable in Hinterstoder

France's Alexis Pinturault speeds down the course during the first run of an Alpine ski World Cup men's giant slalom race, in Hinterstoder, Austria, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)

Hinterstoder, Austria – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup staged its eighth giant slalom of the season today in Hinterstoder and the second GS staged on the ‘Hannes Trinkl’ slope this weekend.But the conditions were completely different today as the course had deeper turns than on Friday.

But some things didn’t change: Alexis Pinturault was still the fastest giant slalom racer in Hinterstoder. After winning Friday’s race, the Frenchman also claimed today’s win.

“It was a good run and a strong runs“ said Pinturault. “The second run was quite tough on the top, it was really bumpy, the snow was not the same as two days ago but I tried to push really hard and it seems to be one of the most perfect races for me. There is still three GS races so anything can happen, but it is going to be difficult, Marcel is too strong for me.“

Just like Friday, World Cup Overall leader Marcel Hirscher took the second spot on the podium, right behind Pinturault. The Austrian earned his 15th podium of the season and secured 80 more points for both the giant slalom and the Overall ranking.

“Three races to go and hopefully I can gain many points next weekend, that would be amazing,“ said Hirscher. “I think Henrik is in a position that the overall is open until the last race of the finals. So many things are going forward in alpine and if you are not working each day on your performance, you will lose on your confidence.“

Henrik Kristoffersen found the flow again and skied some very strong sections, that gave him third place in today’s race. With this podium, he stays close to Marcel Hirscher in the battle for the Overall World Cup.

“280 points behind Marcel in the Overall is a lot,“ said Kristoffersen.“ I have only five races left, and Marcel is unbelievably fast, even in super-G, I think there is no chance… But I don’t focus on the Overall, I just focus on the next race. I look forward to Kranjska Gora. There is no long flat there, the course is steeper and I think it suits my skiing better. I’m ready and I’ll try to win races there.“

Next week, the World Cup Tour will be in Slovenia for a tech weekend. The historic venue of Kranjska Gora will stage two giant slaloms on Friday and Saturday, the first one being a replacement for Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), and one slalom on Sunday.

Source: FIS