Frenchman Alexis Pinturault rules slalom to take World Cup combined event
Reigning world champion defeats overall leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in Italy
Alexis Pinturault used his slalom skills to come from behind and win a men's World Cup Alpine combined event on Sunday in Bormio, Italy.
The world champion was only in 12th place and 0.97 seconds behind leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway following the super-G portion of the event, but the Frenchman had the fastest time in the slalom part.
Pinturault won by 0.51 seconds ahead of Kilde, while Loic Meillard of Switzerland was another 5-100ths hundredths further back in third.
The Frenchman has been regarded a main contender for the overall title since record eight-time champion Marcel Hirscher retired in the off-season.
By finishing second, Kilde went top of the overall standings with 474 points, 20 clear of Dominik Paris.
Paris won back-to-back downhills on the Stelvio the past two days and was just 0.03 behind in second after the super-G run Sunday. But a disappointing slalom run saw the Italian drop to 26th.
It was the first Alpine combined event since a rule change for the starting order, as the fastest racers from super-G run got the favourable early start positions for the concluding slalom leg.
Hannes Reichelt missed the race after injuring his right knee in a crash in Saturday's downhill. The 39-year-old Austrian was ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL and a fracture of the knee joint capsule.