Pinturault marks 30th birthday in style with overall ski title

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Pinturault is the first Frenchman to win the overall title since 1997

Alexis Pinturault sealed the men's World Cup ski overall title on Saturday to become the first French recipient of the big crystal globe since 1997.

He made sure he will never forgot turning 30 years of age by winning the final giant slalom in Lenzerheide to take an unassailable 107-point lead over title rival Marco Odermatt with Sunday's season-closing slalom remaining.

Overall runner-up in the last two seasons he arrived at the finals with a real dogfight looming with in-form Odermatt reducing his lead in the build-up to the season's conclusion in Switzerland to a mere 31 points.

With his favoured downhill and super-G scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday the odds had shifted for the Swiss skier.

But then bad weather intervened, forcing the cancellation of the two speed events to hand Pinturault back the advantage.

Odermatt's hopes of denying his French foe ended when he could muster only an 11th place, 1.28sec behind Pinturault who also celebrated ending the season as the giant slalom standings winner

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