Pinturault dominates Adelboden giant slalom

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France's Alexis Pinturault won the World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden

France's Alexis Pinturault laid down two dynamite runs to dominate the men's World Cup giant slalom in the Swiss resort of Adelboden on Friday.

The two-time Olympic bronze medallist in the discipline was fastest in both legs to clock a combined total of 2min 18.26sec, finishing a whopping 1.04sec ahead of Croatia's Filip Zubcic.

Switzerland's Marco Odermatt rounded out the podium in third, at 1.11sec, in perfect conditions of cloudless blue skies and freezing temperatures.

"Adelboden is the mythical piste for giant slalom, the one where you most want to shine and be at the very top of your form," said the 29-year-old Pinturault, happy to once again find "some ice".

"A magnificent course, magnificently prepared."

It was Pinturault's 32nd victory on the World Cup circuit and consolidated his position at the top of the overall standings, 60 points ahead of Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who finished fourth.

It was the second giant slalom victory for Pinturault in Adelboden, his first coming four years ago. It was also his second giant slalom win in a row after he picked up right where he left off before the holiday break after also dominating in Alta Badia.

There is no time for any rest as the racers face a second giant slalom on the same piste Saturday and a slalom on Sunday.

"We'll try to rest up as much as possible, but going back-to-back will be tough," said Pinturault, warning that you "couldn't expect victory by a second each time".

Female racers, however, saw their upcoming calendar altered when two giant slaloms scheduled for Maribor on January 16-17 were shifted to the neighbouring Slovenian resort of Kranjska Gora because of a lack of snow.