Alpine skiing: A blue double but blues at heart for Pinturault

Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) (AFP) - A compendium of emotions.Clément Noël and Victor Muffat-Jeandet signed a resounding French double in the Kranjska Gora World Cup slalom on Sunday, which turned into a fiasco for their teammate Alexis Pinturault in his quest for the big crystal globe.

Noël won with 62/100 ahead of Muffat-Jeandet and 71/100 over Swiss Ramon Zenhäusern.

Skillful and perfectly sheathed usually, the slalomers were jostled as rarely in Kranjska Gora on Sunday, their bodies swung unceremoniously, disjointed, squirting sprays of fresh snow under their skis to hold on, on a wire, until the finish.

Due to the incessant snowfall, reduced visibility and holes formed by the passage of competitors, there were 1,000 opportunities to leave the track Sunday.Feverish, Alexis Pinturault took the first, when he was not not yet out of the season in 24 World Cup starts.

Convincing fourth in the first heat, a few hundredths from second place, he straddled from the top of the second heat, before descending and disappearing without seeing either his team or the media in the finish area.

After the giant of the Worlds (abandonment), setbacks follow one another for the Courchevel skier a few days before his 30th birthday, at the top of the general classification since the end of December, who is aiming for the first big crystal globe for a Frenchman since 1997 .

Instead of getting some air on his Swiss rival Marco Odermatt, who does not compete in the slaloms, he left him just 31 points behind him, with full suspense before the finals in Lenzerheide (Switzerland) next week proposing in the order a downhill, a super-G, a giant and a slalom.

Posted Date: 2021-03-15

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