Alpine skiing: in Sölden, Pinturault, only 5th, is dominated by Odermatt

Placed after the first round, Alexis Pinturault could not do better than 5th of the giant of Solden, which as tradition dictates, opens the ski world cup season. Twice winner, in 2007 and 2019, on the Rettenbach glacier, the world champion was left behind in particular by Marco Odermatt, second last year, Roland Leitinger and Zan Kranjec, a trio that stands in 10 hundredths.

The day after Tessa Worley’s eighth place in the ladies category, the French hoped to shine. Sixth at the end of the first round, Alexis Pinturault, despite a rather clean second track, did not manage to grab a podium, he who five times (in 7 participations) was on the box in Austria.

The disappointment is even greater for Mathieu Faivre. Second at the end of the first round, the Nice skier multiplied the technical faults in the wall during the second round. He finished 11th, almost a second behind Swiss Marco Odermatt, who took control of the World Cup and announced himself as a serious rival to Alexis Pinturault in the race for the crystal globe. Second in the general classification last season, Marco Odermatt edged Leitinger and Kranjec.

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