Alpine combined can be a funny event. Just the thought of nimble slalom skiers in a bullet tuck and speed skiers dancing their way down a slalom course can be cause for some serious eyebrow raising. Friday’s alpine combined in Bormio, Italy, was no different.

Every once in a while, however, an athlete comes along that is just as adept at the sweeping, high-speed turns of downhill and super-G as they are at picking apart a slalom course with samurai-like precision and grace. For the past several years, France’s Alexis Pinturault has been that athlete. Astonishingly, Pinturault has only finished off of a combined podium three times since 2013, picking up seven wins and four of the last five crystal globes in the discipline since. With his impressive come from behind win on Friday, Pinturault is the undisputed king of combined.

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Perhaps more notable for his titanic giant slalom battles with the likes of Marcel Hirscher and the rest of the deep French men’s GS squad or his swashbuckling style in slalom, it’s easy to overlook Pinturault’s aptitude at the speed events. Although his pure World Cup downhill experience is limited, the Frenchman has climbed the podium in super-G three times in his career including a win in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in 2014.

After a middle of the pack downhill portion, Pinturault relied on his slalom prowess to jump 18 places in the standings and take the win.

“It was one of the hardest downhills we’ve ever had in combined,” said Pinturault. “The slalom was also not that difficult. It was a really long flat, like more than half of the slalom and really straight so it was really difficult for me to make a huge difference in the slalom and probably that I win today also because of my downhill performance.”

Following Pinturault on the podium was a pair of speed maestros with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud claiming his second podium in as many days in second, 0.42 seconds back, and Italy’s two-time downhill title winner Peter Fill rounding out the podium in third, 0.45 seconds off the pace.

“Slalom was good,” Jansrud shared. “I think I was a little below average on the downhill; I didn’t make it work the way I wanted and it’s always good to bring out some old slalom skills. Bormio has never been a good venue for me, I haven’t taken many World Cup points here but now I have. I have two podiums in two days and am very happy and excited and am taking a New Years break with a smile on my face.”

With the afternoon slalom run taking place on the bottom of the downhill track, the slalom portion could be described as a drag race by World Cup standards, but that high speed and quick tempo proved quite the challenge, especially for athletes with limited slalom experience. Many of the top performers in the downhill run found themselves falling way back in the standings by the race’s end.

For the American contingent, Vermont’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the squad and picked up his first World Cup points of the season in 14th. Cochran-Siegle admitted to tweaking his knee slightly in the downhill training run on Tuesday and was unable to push as hard as he wanted in either run of the combined.

“When I kicked out of the start gate I definitely wasn’t able to just let it go as much,” he said after the race. “With combined, it’s kind of a funny event where if you make it down clean you usually end up with points. At the same time, being disappointed with your skiing … that can be kind of frustrating at times. I think it’s good that we’re in the points and can move forward from today but I also think we’ve got a lot of work to do as well.”

Ryan Cochran-Siegle scored his first points of the season on Friday. Image Credit: GEPA pictures/Mario Buehner

Following Cochran-Siegle in the points was Jared Goldberg in 15th and Bryce Bennett in 19th. Sam Morse rounded out the American finishers in 35th and Drew Duffy did not finish his slalom run.

That’s a wrap for men’s World Cup action in 2017. Racing picks up in 2018 with men’s and women’s slalom in Zagreb, Croatia Jan. 3-4.

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Top 10

  1. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
  2. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  3. Peter Fill (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  5. Thomas Dressen (GER) – Rossignol/Lange/Look
  6. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  7. Martin Cater (SLO) – Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  8. Broderick Thompson (CAN) – Head/Head/Head
  9. Gian Luca Baradun (SUI) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. Romed Baumann (AUT) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 7 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 1:50.36 50.77 2:41.13 0.00 100
 2 12 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:49.21 52.34 2:41.55 +0.42 3.00 80
 3 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:49.68 51.90 2:41.58 +0.45 3.21 60
 4 1 511513CAVIEZEL Mauro1988SUI 1:49.76 52.05 2:41.81 +0.68 4.85 50
 5 21 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER 1:49.34 52.62 2:41.96 +0.83 5.92 45
 6 18 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT 1:48.92 53.18 2:42.10 +0.97 6.92 40
 7 13 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:50.88 51.27 2:42.15 +1.02 7.28 36
 8 47 104096THOMPSON Broderick1994CAN 1:50.73 51.62 2:42.35 +1.22 8.71 32
 9 26 512031BARANDUN Gian Luca1994SUI 1:50.41 52.13 2:42.54 +1.41 10.06 29
 10 15 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:50.02 52.62 2:42.64 +1.51 10.78 26
 11 30 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:49.93 52.74 2:42.67 +1.54 10.99 24
 12 6 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:51.17 51.76 2:42.93 +1.80 12.85 22
 13 37 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA 1:51.26 51.71 2:42.97 +1.84 13.13 20
 14 22 6530319COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan1992USA 1:50.41 52.64 2:43.05 +1.92 13.70 18
 15 31 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA 1:50.27 53.00 2:43.27 +2.14 15.27 16
 16 35 511981WEBER Ralph1993SUI 1:50.73 52.55 2:43.28 +2.15 15.34 15
 17 45 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:51.24 52.10 2:43.34 +2.21 15.77 14
 18 5 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:50.29 53.07 2:43.36 +2.23 15.92 13
 19 20 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 1:49.84 53.58 2:43.42 +2.29 16.34 12
 19 3 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI 1:51.45 51.97 2:43.42 +2.29 16.34 12
 21 14 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:50.45 53.05 2:43.50 +2.37 16.91 10
 22 25 990116DE ALIPRANDINI Luca1990ITA 1:51.43 52.10 2:43.53 +2.40 17.13 9
 23 42 501987MONSEN Felix1994SWE 1:50.09 53.60 2:43.69 +2.56 18.27 8
 24 32 512038ROGENTIN Stefan1994SUI 1:51.54 52.16 2:43.70 +2.57 18.34 7
 25 11 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:50.05 53.98 2:44.03 +2.90 20.70 6
 26 2 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 1:52.34 51.73 2:44.07 +2.94 20.98 5
 27 34 512039ROULIN Gilles1994SUI 1:49.87 54.24 2:44.11 +2.98 21.27 4
 28 4 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 1:50.03 54.13 2:44.16 +3.03 21.63 3
 29 39 6290985BUZZI Emanuele1994ITA 1:50.50 53.70 2:44.20 +3.07 21.91 2
 30 46 422082FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian1991NOR 1:52.08 52.16 2:44.24 +3.11 22.20 1
 31 33 54157DANKLMAIER Daniel1993AUT 1:51.02 53.24 2:44.26 +3.13 22.34 0
 32 49 194858ALLEGRE Nils1994FRA 1:51.24 53.07 2:44.31 +3.18 22.70 0
 33 28 54009WALDER Christian1991AUT 1:50.19 54.83 2:45.02 +3.89 27.76 0
 34 8 380292ZRNCIC DIM Natko1986CRO 1:52.15 52.93 2:45.08 +3.95 28.19 0
 35 44 6531520MORSE Sam1996USA 1:51.77 53.43 2:45.20 +4.07 29.05 0
 36 41 170131FAARUP Christoffer1992DEN 1:51.28 54.32 2:45.60 +4.47 31.90 0
 37 43 151238ZABYSTRAN Jan1998CZE 1:53.63 54.23 2:47.86 +6.73 48.03 0
Did not finish 2nd run
 51 660021DANILOCHKIN Yuri1991BLR 1:54.35 0
 40 303758SUGAI Ryo1991JPN 1:52.50 0
 38 6292181PRAST Alexander1996ITA 1:51.87 0
 36 6531127DUFFY Drew1995USA 1:52.32 0
 27 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:51.57 0
 24 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:49.61 0
 23 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:50.81 0
 19 53968BERTHOLD Frederic1991AUT 1:51.30 0
 10 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:48.71 0
 9 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI 1:51.94 0
Disqualified 2nd run
 17 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 0
Did not start 2nd run
 50 430640BABICKI Pawel1994POL 1:53.19 0
Did not finish 1st run
 48 54080NEUMAYER Christopher1992AUT 0
 29 561214DEBELAK Tilen1991SLO 0