Pinturault storms to Adelboden GS victory to extend overall lead

Frenchman bags third win of season as Odermatt third to top GS standings.

Alexis Pinturault stormed to a comfortable victory on Friday in the Adelboden giant slalom to extend his FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall lead as Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt placed third to retain his lead in the discipline standings. Here is all you need to know:

– Frenchman Pinturault came into the season with four World Cup alpine combined titles to his name, while he finished second overall the last two seasons.

– After winning the Lech parallel giant slalom and Alta Badia giant slalom this season, Pinturault headed to Switzerland with home hero Odermatt tipped to excel.

– Pinturault was out the gate first in the first run and posted a superb 1m09.94s with Filip Zubcic 0.97s behind and Odermatt 0.01s better than the Croatian.

– New American star Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Swiss Loic Meillard, plus Norwegian duo Henrik Kristoffersen and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, were also top 10.

– The second run saw 2020 World Cup overall champion Kilde carve his way down to an excellent time with Zubcic then edging out Odermatt for the lead.

– Pinturault, though, held his nerve under the sunny, blue Alpine skies to post the best second-run time too and win by 1.04s from Zubcic with Odermatt third, Meillard sixth and Kristoffersen ninth.

– Pinturault extended his overall lead to 60 points from Kilde with Odermatt third and Kristoffersen fifth as Odermatt retained his GS lead by 10 over Pinturault.

– The men line up again for a giant slalom repeat on Saturday, then the slalom goes ahead on Sunday.