• Two French on the podium
Marco schwarz was the man in this Schladming slalom this Tuesday in Austria. But behind, it was necessary to look on the side of the tricolor camp: Clement Christmas (2nd, + 0’68) and Alexis Pinturault (3rd, + 0’82) gave the podium a strong blue tint. The first was expected. Once again, the impression emerged that he could have done even better, so much did he seem to fly on the top of the track. Until this mistake (another one), the Frenchman seemed the only one to be able to compete with Schwarz, who had relegated the rest of the field to more than eight tenths.
“Passing the line, I don’t expect to finish second! I made a few mistakes, I still have a little room in two or three places, I made a small fault in the wall. But overall, I’m pretty happy with my sleeve when I get to the bottom. He also finished second despite this hitch, proof of his margin. This is the first podium of his career at Schladming. Starting in 16th position on this second round, Alexis Pinturault proved that he was at the top of his form by setting the best time of this second run. Above all, he scored valuable points in the race for the big crystal globe by signing the 68th podium of his career.
• Pinturault’s big shot in general
Week after week, the Courchevel skier is slowly but surely getting closer to the first big globe of his career. While he had scored a few important points during the Super-G in Kitzbühel on Monday (12th), Alexis Pinturault therefore took the luxury of a podium on the most prestigious winter slaloms in Schladming. He thus takes 250 points ahead of his runner-up in the general standings, the Swiss Marco Odermatt.
Since Alexander Kilde’s injury, Pinturault has been the overall favorite, and he confirms race after race that he intends not to let the opportunity pass this season. “Last year I had a lot of very good performances and withdrawals, he observed after the race. We had to erase that, things started well but there is still a good part of the season, the rest of the World Cup and the Worlds “.
• The der ‘by Julien Lizeroux
He had announced it on social networks a few days earlier: this race, in the temple of slalom, would be his last. Julien Lizeroux therefore retired after the first round of Schladming. Relegated to 35th place, 3’37 “from the fastest time signed by Manuel Feller, he did not play the final run.
In front of the camera, at the end of his slalom, the Frenchman appeared radiant and moved. He took off his bib, and shouted “ciao” and “kisses” in goodbye, before waving to the rest of the skiers hidden by the advertising signs, and at a stadium empty of any supporter or close. Strong applause still accompanied the double vice-champion of the French world for his last outing.