Wengen’s 90th anniversary of the Lauberhorn races kicked off today with the Alpine Combined Event.
Matthias Mayer (AUT) skis two perfect runs today in Wengen and claims his first Alpine Combined victory at the Lauberhorn. The Austrian speed skier dominates the downhill, closing 0.53s ahead of everyone else. Starting first in the slalom, Mayer does not just try to defend himself from the technical skiers but attacks the slope and scores the fourth-fastest time in the second run.
"It was really thrilling for me, especially when I saw Alexis Pinturault have a really good run", exclaimed Mayer. "He was getting closer and closer at the intermediate and it was close at the end, but I’m happy. I know I had a good run in the slalom but I didn’t know I could ski as fast as today. It is a little surprising for me, but great".
This enables him to finish just ahead of runner up Alexis Pinturault (FRA), who narrowly misses his 10th Alpine Combined Victory by 0.07s. The French athlete is almost one second faster than all his competitors in the slalom, but it’s still not enough to jump into the first position, after closing the downhill in 19th place.
Third place goes to Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA), who skis fast in both disciplines and scores his fourth podium in Wengen’s Alpine Combined.
Alexis Pinturault (FRA) continues to lead the Alpine Combined ranking and thanks to his second-place knock Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) off the top of the Overall standings, with 2 points advantage.