Alexis Pinturault celebrates his birthday with a victory today at Lenzerheide and grabs the Overall and Giant Slalom Crystal Globes.
Pinturault is the third Frenchman to win the Overall Globe, after Jean-Claude Killy (1966-1967, 1967-1968) and Luc Alphand (1996-1997). It is also the first Giant Slalom crystal globe for him.
The Men's Giant Slalom crystal globe was won by a French skier on four previous occasions: Killy in 1966-1967 and 1967-1968, Patrick Russel in 1970-1971, and Frederic Covili in 2001-2002.
Alexis Pinturault finished in the top-five in each of the ten Giant Slalom events this World Cup season. He claimed three successive wins in Alta Badia and Adelboden (2).
He claims four Giant Slalom wins in a World Cup season for the second time, after 2015-2016.
He has achieved 18 World Cup wins in the Giant Slalom. It was also his 34th career World Cup Victory, nine best on the all-time list.
Pinturault had already won seven World Cup Globes, six times in the men's Alpine combined and one in the Parallel Event.
“I was really tired after the World Championships and struggled the last few weeks, (...) After Kranjska Gora, I was really frustrated. And Marco was getting really good results, so I felt the pressure. Today, it was clear what I had to do – I actually felt more pressure in Kranjksa than I did today”, said Pinturault.
"I’ve worked so hard for so many years and now it feels really great that it’s coming back. Claiming a globe and also a big globe at the same time is something really unbelievable (...) It was always something I was searching for and pushing for a lot of years. It’s been a hard year with some ups and downs, but in the end, the Big Globe is always something special in our sport and I’m really happy that I can bring it home", He added.
Alexis Pinturault Statistics
FIS World Cup Starts: 276
FIS World Cup Podiums: 70
FIS World Cup Victories: 34 (18 Giant Slalom)
Men's Giant Slalom World Cup Final Standings
Alexis Pinturault 700
Marco Odermatt 649
Filip Zubcic 606
Loic Meillard 393
Mathieu Faivre 378
Filip Zubcic finished in second place +0.20 behind the French. Zubcic has finished in the top three in nine of the last 12 World Cup Giant Slalom races. This run includes wins in Naeba (February 2020), Santa Caterina (December 2020), Bansko, and now Lenzerheide.
Mathieu Faivre rounded out the podium in third place +0.21 behind his teammate.
Mathieu Faivre has finished on the podium in four of his last five Giant Slalom appearances.
Marco Odermatt finished today's race in 11th place and closed the season in second place in the Giant slalom and Overall standings.