Favorite and defending champion, Alexis Pinturault was beaten for four hundredths of a second by Austrian Marco Schwarz in the combined World Alpine Skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) on Monday February 15, pocketing a fifth world medal. Switzerland’s Loïc Meillard finished third at 1.12 seconds.
After his surprise bronze medal in the super-G on Thursday, he clinched the silver in the combined on Monday. Here he is on his way to a historic harvest while he has left the giant on Friday, of which he is favorite, and the slalom on Sunday. Alexis Pinturault now has five world medals after bronze in giant in 2015 and 2019 and gold in combined in 2019.
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He is also at the heart of an already excellent season for him, as he leads the World Cup standings by far two thirds of the winter and is approaching the Grail of the skier, the big crystal globe, who has not been kidnapped by a Frenchman since Luc Alphand in 1997.
“A little frustrating”
But a touch of bitterness remains. Title holder, Pinturault was favorite in the combined on Monday. He had started perfectly in the morning in super-G by securing the second fastest time on a fairly “easy” track, behind the surprising Canadian James Crawford but in front of the Austrian double world champion (downhill and super-G) Vincent Kriechmayr. Without however digging big gaps on the other favorites, at ease like him in slalom. He quickly realized this on the slalom when Austrian Marco Schwarz passed him by four hundredths.
“Four hundredths, obviously, it’s always a little frustrating, especially at the Worlds. But it’s like that. It was a very good race for Marco (Schwarz), a very good race for me too. It was played in a pocket square. I’m second and you have to see the positive side of it, it’s a second medal in two races ”, he commented. “I will fight for gold again this Friday (on the giant). I have three days left to rest (in Austria in his winter residence), that will be important, that’s what can make the difference ”, he added.
After bronze in the combined and the slalom in 2019 in Are (Sweden), Macro Schwarz thus won his first world title at 25, he who is announced as a potential winner of the big globe in the years to come and as a potential successor. by Marcel Hirscher. Switzerland’s Loïc Meillard climbed to his first World Championship podium at the age of 24, despite a big fault in the slalom.