Alpine skiing: the big blow for Kilde, Pinturault solid

Posted Feb 14 2020 at 2:38 p.m.Updated Feb 14. 2020 at 5:40 p.m.

Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde has fixed an anomaly. In the running for the big crystal globe, he finally won his first victory of the season on Friday over the super-G in Saalbach (Austria) and took the opportunity to take the lead in the general classification.

In a fight with Kilde but also his compatriot Henrik Kristoffersen for the supreme title, Alexis Pinturault did well to go to Austria to compete in a speed test, which is not his specialty: he finished 6th and scored 40 points precious in general. Kristoffersen has, according to his habits, skipped the super-G.

"It’s pretty good on a super-G made difficult by the weather. My bib (6, which guaranteed him to be the sixth skier to start) surely helped me because the track is degraded gradually today, said Pinturault. I would prefer super-G with even more curves, we find more and more very + direct + tracks like today (which benefits the specialists of the descent ), but I still appreciate the speed. "

"In any case, the general classification will be tight until the end, the goal remains to have fun, to take risks in each discipline and to try to appear in each race as fresh as possible."

– "Finally " –

Finally! Ultraregular this season and surprise guest of the fight for the big crystal globe, the Grail of alpine skiing, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (27) has for his part definitively established his status by winning the super-G of Saalbach disputed in weather conditions difficult.

After the race was postponed for more than two hours due to the wind and snowfall, Kilde set off on a largely reduced course due to the wind and managed to win in 58 seconds 30 the 4th victory of his career.

"It's a great feeling after having waited a long time today to run. I wanted so much a victory after these many second places (this season), finally I have it, I will not be asked anymore", rejoiced Kilde at a press conference.

He was ahead of Switzerland's Mauro Caviezel, 3rd Thursday of the descent, by 15 hundredths and the German Thomas Dressen, winner of the descent, by 31 hundredths.

After missing on the downhill (10th) on Thursday, Kilde this time struck a big blow by scoring 100 points and took control of the general classification from his compatriot Henrik Kristoffersen (at 79 points), absent at Saalbach. Alexis Pinturault is now 100 points behind, 13 races from the end of the season.

The icing on the cake, Kilde has also taken the lead in the ranking of the super-G globe and has a 51-point lead over Mauro Caviezel with three starts remaining in this discipline.

Pinturault aside, the French did not shine on Friday: Johan Clarey is 13th, Nils Allègre 18th, Blaise Giezendanner 22nd and Matthieu Bailet 24th.

Skiers will now meet in Japan at Niigata Yuzawa Naeba for a giant and a slalom, more favorable to Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault, on February 22 and 23.