Alexis Pinturault Wins Garmisch-Partenkirchen Giant Slalom
Alexis Pinturault celebrates today his 4th victory of the season and his second one in Giant Slalom. The Frenchman stormed from the fourth place in the first run to his 27th World Cup victory. He wins 0.16 seconds ahead of Loic Meillard (SUI) and 0.24 of Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (NOR). Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) is a special place for Alexis Pinturault. Here, Pinturault (FRA) achieved a victory at the 2009 Junior World Championships and won his first Giant Slalom World Cup race in 2013. Despite very difficult conditions due to warm temperatures, a salted track, and the rain, Alexis Pinturault was able to fight hard in a bumpy second run and to end in the first place.
Pinturault commented at the end of the race: "I wasn't at my best since the end of December, but I worked a lot and today everything was perfect. I won my first World Cup Giant Slalom here in Garmisch and it's also the place where I won the Junior World Championships in 2009. Here it's special for me!".
Loic Meillard (SUI) was leading the board after a solid first run. The Swiss talent was able to keep up with the best ones even in the second run to achieve the second Giant Slalom podium of his career, finishing 0.16s behind the French.
Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (NOR) was able to master both runs without any big troubles. The Norwegian achieved today his second podium of the season after closing in the third position already in Beaver Creek's Giant Slalom in early December 2019.
Austria's Men Ski Team ends up with the worst result on record in a World Cup Race after the Giant Slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Manuel Feller was the only Austrian to qualify for the second run and the Tyrolean skier dropped from 16th to 28th place.