Love it or hate it, alpine combined sure makes for some interesting race days. Given the variations in hills and conditions from venue to venue, not to mention race runs in disciplines on either end of the spectrum, sometimes it feels like you’d have a better chance at winning Russian roulette.

For the last two years, Wengen hasn’t been much different. Last year’s race was one of the weirdest World Cups in recent memory with all three podium finishers starting with bibs higher than 30. Friday’s race, although not quite as shocking as last year, still produced more than a few eyebrow-raising results.

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French tech specialist Victor Muffat-Jeandet took his maiden World Cup win by sneaking in the top-30 after the downhill portion. Taking full advantage of a fog-plagued and deteriorating slalom run, the Frenchman jumped from 27th to the winners box by a perplexing 0.96 seconds over the other surprise of the day. Russia’s Pavel Trikhichev was second and Italy’s Peter Fill finished third, also securing the combined crystal globe as Friday’s race was the final combined of the World Cup season.

“Super combined is always a crazy day because you have to push really hard in the downhill because for me I’m more of a slalom guy,” Muffat-Jeandet said after the race. “You have to get top 30 and after, you have to go back into slalom mode. It’s such a long day and a really tough day. I got my first podium here three years ago and my first victory here in this magical place so full smile and so happy.”

Trikhichev scored his first World Cup podium. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Wolfgang Greiben

For Trikhichev, the Russian, his first World Cup podium was an unexpected one. Also taking advantage of an early slalom start, Trikhichev skied conservatively to finish as the only racer within one second of Muffat-Jeandet.

“I was really surprised, like, I was shocked, really shocked,” he admitted in the finish. “With the conditions, I don’t try and go really full. I try and ski like I can like on training runs. It didn’t feel good but finally it was a good run.”

Fill, who has won the World Cup downhill title the past two seasons, picked up another crystal globe for icing on the cake for the Italian veteran.

“I don’t believe that I have the globe,” Fill admitted. “It was only two races, so you have to be there with both and bring your best performance. I did not think that this would happen, I am overjoyed. I have three globes now, I do not have to tell my kids later that I won one with only two races. ”

The Americans delivered some solid results as well, particularly in the downhill portion. Bryce Bennet lead the way for the Stars and Stripes in a solid ninth place, although the tall Californian is eager to take the next step and take his skiing to another level.

“The top-10 thing is getting kinda old,” Bennet shared. “After Bormio, I was pretty upset with how that slalom run went and I knew I had some better slalom skiing. I needed to approach it a little bit differently in the slalom portion. I thought I did a better job, I had a little trouble up top but for the most part I kept it rolling pretty good.”

Following Bennett was Ted Ligety, who blazed the slalom portion after just missing the top 30 in the downhill run to finish an impressive 11th. With the form Ligety showed in slalom, we can only wonder what might have been if he had been able to attack a fresh course. Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Jared Goldberg finished back-to-back in 18th and 19th, respectively, to round out the American scorers. Drew Duffy also finished in 40th place and Kipling Weisel did not finish his slalom run in his World Cup debut.

The men are now set to take on the 88th running of the Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday, with the start time set for 12:30pm CET.

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Top 10

  1. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  2. Pavel Trikhichev (RUS) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  3. Peter Fill (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Dominik Paris (ITA) – Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  6. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  7. Justin Murisier (SUI) – Voelkl/Dalbello/Marker
  8. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  9. Bryce Bennett (USA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  10. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – Head/Head/Head

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 16 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 1:46.21 49.08 2:35.29 0.00 100
 2 37 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS 1:46.25 50.00 2:36.25 +0.96 7.11 80
 3 1 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:44.42 52.02 2:36.44 +1.15 8.52 60
 4 15 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:44.73 51.72 2:36.45 +1.16 8.59 50
 5 12 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:44.40 52.07 2:36.47 +1.18 8.74 45
 6 3 511513CAVIEZEL Mauro1988SUI 1:45.22 51.30 2:36.52 +1.23 9.11 40
 7 9 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI 1:46.03 50.56 2:36.59 +1.30 9.63 36
 8 8 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT 1:44.78 51.88 2:36.66 +1.37 10.15 32
 9 18 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 1:45.09 51.65 2:36.74 +1.45 10.74 29
 10 7 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:44.66 52.13 2:36.79 +1.50 11.11 26
 11 32 534562LIGETY Ted1984USA 1:46.34 51.12 2:37.46 +2.17 16.07 24
 12 46 54320SCHWARZ Marco1995AUT 1:46.63 50.87 2:37.50 +2.21 16.37 22
 13 13 192504MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas1984FRA 1:46.20 51.39 2:37.59 +2.30 17.03 20
 14 19 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER 1:45.91 51.73 2:37.64 +2.35 17.40 18
 15 17 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:45.22 52.45 2:37.67 +2.38 17.63 16
 16 2 53968BERTHOLD Frederic1991AUT 1:46.28 51.52 2:37.80 +2.51 18.59 15
 17 22 104096THOMPSON Broderick1994CAN 1:46.19 51.67 2:37.86 +2.57 19.03 14
 18 24 6530319COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan1992USA 1:45.04 52.84 2:37.88 +2.59 19.18 13
 19 25 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA 1:45.16 52.77 2:37.93 +2.64 19.55 12
 20 49 6290985BUZZI Emanuele1994ITA 1:45.84 52.43 2:38.27 +2.98 22.07 11
 21 4 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 1:45.48 52.94 2:38.42 +3.13 23.18 10
 22 30 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA 1:47.15 51.81 2:38.96 +3.67 27.18 9
 23 34 422073NETELAND Bjoernar1991NOR 1:47.20 52.28 2:39.48 +4.19 31.03 8
 24 54 501987MONSEN Felix1994SWE 1:46.36 53.20 2:39.56 +4.27 31.62 7
 25 42 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:45.54 54.04 2:39.58 +4.29 31.77 6
 26 11 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:45.18 54.47 2:39.65 +4.36 32.29 5
 27 6 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:46.51 53.59 2:40.10 +4.81 35.62 4
 28 41 561310HROBAT Miha1995SLO 1:46.51 53.99 2:40.50 +5.21 38.58 3
 29 50 303758SUGAI Ryo1991JPN 1:48.10 52.57 2:40.67 +5.38 39.84 2
 30 39 150743BERNDT Ondrej1988CZE 1:47.94 52.77 2:40.71 +5.42 40.14 1
 31 58 151215FOREJTEK Filip1997CZE 1:47.76 53.01 2:40.77 +5.48 40.58 0
 32 60 422310SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth1994NOR 1:46.60 54.28 2:40.88 +5.59 41.40 0
 33 26 380292ZRNCIC DIM Natko1986CRO 1:48.15 52.78 2:40.93 +5.64 41.77 0
 34 21 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE 1:47.92 53.22 2:41.14 +5.85 43.32 0
 35 51 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK 1:48.37 52.91 2:41.28 +5.99 44.36 0
 36 57 422082FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian1991NOR 1:48.46 52.83 2:41.29 +6.00 44.43 0
 37 27 511981WEBER Ralph1993SUI 1:46.67 54.64 2:41.31 +6.02 44.58 0
 38 38 380361RODES Istok1996CRO 1:48.95 52.53 2:41.48 +6.19 45.84 0
 39 33 422278WINDINGSTAD Rasmus1993NOR 1:47.08 54.45 2:41.53 +6.24 46.21 0
 40 47 6531127DUFFY Drew1995USA 1:48.23 53.31 2:41.54 +6.25 46.28 0
 41 48 561214DEBELAK Tilen1991SLO 1:47.66 55.03 2:42.69 +7.40 54.80 0
 42 65 660021DANILOCHKIN Yuri1991BLR 1:50.16 56.70 2:46.86 +11.57 85.68 0
 43 66 942023TAHIRI Albin1989KOS 1:52.74 59.73 2:52.47 +17.18 127.23 0
Did not finish 2nd run
 61 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK 1:49.20 0
 52 170131FAARUP Christoffer1992DEN 1:47.81 0
 44 6531217WEISEL Kipling1995USA 1:49.36 0
 43 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:46.55 0
 40 310426VUKICEVIC Marko1992SRB 1:47.18 0
 36 512039ROULIN Gilles1994SUI 1:45.82 0
 35 512038ROGENTIN Stefan1994SUI 1:46.24 0
 28 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:44.50 0
 23 512031BARANDUN Gian Luca1994SUI 1:45.47 0
 20 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:43.66 0
 14 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:44.80 0
 10 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:45.59 0
 5 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI 1:45.81 0
Did not start 2nd run
 67 930024MAPLE Wiley1990USA 1:46.75 0
 64 6290393CAZZANIGA Davide1992ITA 1:46.89 0
 63 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:49.67 0
 62 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:47.72 0
 56 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:46.54 0
 55 202059FERSTL Josef1988GER 1:46.48 0
 53 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:46.58 0
 31 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:44.25 0
Did not finish 1st run
 59 104468READ Jeffrey1997CAN 0
 45 422120SAUGESTAD Stian1992NOR 0
Did not start 1st run
 29 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 0