Alexis Pinturault will remember the day of his thirtieth birthday all his life. This Saturday, March 20, the skier from Moûtiers won the Alpine Skiing World Cup. This is the first time since 1997 that a French has won the big crystal globe.
His victory in the giant slalom in Lenzerheide (Switzerland) allows Alexis Pinturault to beat Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt by 107 points. He can no longer be joined in the World Cup standings in the last event, Sunday’s slalom.
Second in the World Cup in 2019 and 2020, Pinturault became at 30 the fourth French skier to win the title after Jean-Claude Killy (1967 and 1968), Michèle Jacot (1970) and Luc Alphand, the last, in 1997 .
He benefited from the cancellation due to bad weather in the canton of Graubünden of several events scheduled in Lenzerheide, including the downhill and the Super-G, which could have benefited Odermatt and his top speed. But the Swiss could not do better than 11th on Saturday, 1 second 28 behind his French rival.
His victory also allows Pinturault to win the small globe of the Giant’s World Cup.