Reigning world champion and big favorite of the event, Frenchman Alexis Pinturault had to settle for the silver medal on Monday in the combined World Championships in Cortina (Italy). He was beaten by Austrian Marco Schwarz for four tiny hundredths …
This is a second medal for Alexis Pinturault in these alpine skiing world championships. Even if it is not the expected metal … A few days after taking bronze in the super-G, the Frenchman won silver on Monday in the combined, event of which he was the outgoing champion and the big favorite .
In a very good position after the morning super-G (2nd at 0”08 for the Canadian Crawford), Pinturault signed a very decent slalom, but was beaten by a man, only one. The specialist of the discipline: Marco Schwarz.
Pinturault wants to see the glass half full
Author himself also of a good super-G, the Austrian took back almost four tenths from the French on the second round, and finally won … for four hundredths. Four tiny hundredths, which allow him to recover the world crown and deprive Pinturault of a double.
“It remains a silver medal at the world championships, after a good fight, entrusted Pinturault at the microphone of Eurosport. Of course we would prefer to be 4 hundredths behind in a classic World Cup event. at 4 hundredths in a world championship, it’s wincing, we’d rather be the one to smile at, but that’s how it is. We need a first and a second, I finished second today. But there are still two good races , I have to build on it. “
The Swiss Loic Meillard, one of the other favorites, completed the podium by finishing 1 “12 behind Schwarz. Note the good comeback of Victor Muffat-Jeandet, only 24th in the super-G but 6th final thanks to the 4th fastest time in the slalom.
The final ranking:
1. Marco Scwharz (AUT) in 2: 05.86
2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) +0.04
3. Loic Meillard (SUI) +1.12
4. James Crawford (CAN) +1.33
5. Simon Jocher (ALL) +2.46
6. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) +3.19
7. Riccardo Tonetti (ITA) +3.53
8. Justin Murisier (SUI) +3.68
9. Jan Zabystran (TCH) +3.83
10. Trevor Philp (CAN) +3.86