What if Alexis Pinturault’s formidable double on the legendary Adelboden observe (Switzerland), these two big slaloms received within the area of 24 hours, was resulting from a black car parked on the backside of the observe?
It is a bit like the private anti-Covid bubble of the Courchevel skier who, this weekend, overtook the Italian legend Alberto Tomba on the record of successes within the Giant’s World Cup (17 towards 15): “We are talking about a Crafter Volkswagen, says Romane, the champion’s wife. It is inside that Alexis comes to prepare the races, to concentrate and to rest after the arrival. It’s a real time saver for him and his team, especially when the hotel is too far away. “
The van has been touring the circuit for greater than a yr, accompanying the 2019 mixed world champion on virtually all of the occasions: “Alexis was already using it last season,” says his coach Fabien Munier. He was the one who had the thought. It is in fact fitted out to be as comfy as doable. It is a car between the truck and the motorhome. There is a small kitchen space to warmth up a dish, a bench seat to lie down on and an train bike in order that Alexis can flip his legs to get well. We save time on recovery, Alexis feels good there. He can focus on it. It’s simply a working instrument, however a excellent instrument. “
Between two races, this is also where the skier gets a massage to avoid wasting time. As it was for example -10 ° C on Friday after his first victory, the vehicle is obviously also heated: “Be careful, warns his father Claude, my son has not become sixty-eight either. He does not go camping: it is a means of recuperation, not accommodation. In the evening, he joins the French team and sleeps at the hotel. “
A private well being bubble
If it has been utilizing it for a yr, the Crafter van has much more use this time round. In a winter the place snowboarding is watched on TV if it can’t be practiced, it permits him to remain in a private well being bubble by respecting barrier gestures to keep away from dangers. Even if, for the second, the good white circus is somewhat spared by the constructive instances of Covid: “In the world of snowboarding, now we have three bubbles, says Romane Pinturault. A purple for the athletes and their households, a yellow for the media and a blue for the judges. No bubble ever mixes with one other. We are going by way of a weird season with out an viewers, with masks on the end line and podiums with out anybody to congratulate the winners. It’s bizarre and unsettling. But there isn’t a alternative. When Alexis has completed his race, he can shortly get into the truck to isolate himself quietly. It is in fact safer, cooler to get well. “
In the evening, the captain of the Blues, who lives the rest of the year in Innsbruck in Austria, joins the French team for dinner. The champion is not a hermit who spends his time away from the world: “The sequence of races is explicit this season and troublesome,” says the Frenchman. It is rare that we have so many races in such a few days with more trips. Recovery is therefore even more important: eating well, physiotherapy, sleep… all of this is even more important at the moment. Even if it’s difficult to sleep well after a victory because there is always a little adrenaline left. “
This is the place the truck turns out to be useful and maybe permits the four-time winner of the Crystal Globe within the mixture to achieve the top of a second that makes the distinction: “Alexis is nice on his skis, good in his head, however I do not. do not know if he is stronger and dominant this yr, slips his dad. His finest calendar yr stays 2015 and, in Adelboden, he had already received in 2017 forward of Marcel Hirscher. But it’s true that Friday’s victory was lovely. “Not to say that of this Saturday …