Super-G – Thursday March 18, 11 a.m.
Marco Odermatt hit exhausting in the final super-G on March 7 at Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Imperial on the tough Austrian observe, the Swiss scored the second victory of his profession in the self-discipline, a 12 months after that conquered at Beaver Creek. It was his third super-G podium this winter. Result: he’s the just one who can nonetheless deprive the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr of the small globe (83 factors behind).
In this self-discipline, Odermatt due to this fact has a transparent benefit on paper over Pinturault, who isn’t himself in the prime 10 of the specialty (seventeenth). On common this winter, at every super-G, Odermatt regains 29 factors from Pinturault. If the statistics are revered this Thursday, Pinturault would then have solely two factors forward of Odermatt earlier than the final two races …
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But “Pintu” may also have arguments to make on this super-G. Last month, the French gained the bronze medal at the Worlds. And Lenzerheide has performed him very properly in the previous. It was right here, in the Swiss resort, that he gained his solely super-G victory on the World Cup circuit. What promise a primary sacred match between the two males.
Super-G outcomes this winter
|Alexis Pinturault||Marco odermatt|
|Val d’Isère – December 12||seventh (36 pts)||thirteenth (20 pts)|
|Val Gardena – December 18||/||ninth (29 pts)|
|Bormio – December 29||twelfth (22 pts)||ninth (29 pts)|
|Kitzbühel – January 25||twelfth (22 pts)||2nd (80 pts)|
|Garmisch-Partenkirchen – February 6||/||third (60 pts)|
|Cortina d’Ampezzo (Worlds) – February 11||third||eleventh|
|Saalbach-Hinterglemm – March 7||fifteenth (16 pts)||1st (100 pts)|
|Average factors taken in the World Cup||24 pts||53 pts|
|Summary of the confrontations||2||3|
Géant – Saturday March 20, rounds at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The two males are fairly merely the two finest giantists of the winter, their simultaneous hitch at the Worlds being solely the exception confirming the rule. Beyond the battle for the massive globe, Marco Odermatt and Alexis Pinturault may also compete for the small one. The Swiss are 25 factors forward of the French. Filip Zubcic, relegated to 99 factors, can nonetheless mathematically type them on the wire. But that may suggest an unlikely mixture of circumstances: the Croatian should win, Odermatt end past the prime 15 and Pinturault the prime 11.
Apart from the Worlds, Pinturault and Odermatt have proven flawless solidity all through the season. Before this tenth and supreme World Cup large, they by no means left the prime 5. The French dominate in the variety of victories (3 towards 2). But he loses towards Switzerland in the recreation of confrontations (4 towards 5) and the variety of podiums (4 towards 6). The stake for each, much more than throughout the super-G or the slalom, might be to end in entrance of the different. Because given the heights they’re up to like an enormous, a spot of distinction might be very costly by way of factors – 40 if the two males climb collectively on the podium, which paradoxically solely occurred twice this winter.
Giant outcomes this winter
|Alexis Pinturault||Marco odermatt|
|Solden – October 18||4th (50 pts)||2nd (80 pts)|
|Santa Caterina – December 5||fifth (45 pts)||third (60 pts)|
|Santa Caterina – December 7||fifth (45 pts)||1st (100 pts)|
|Alta Badia – December 20||1st (100 pts)||4th (50 pts)|
|Adelboden – January 8||1st (100 pts)||third (60 pts)|
|Adelboden – January 9||1st (100 pts)||4th (50 pts)|
|Cortina d’Ampezzo (Worlds) – February 19||Abandonment in 2nd spherical||Abandonment in the 1st spherical|
|Bansko – February 27||4th (50 pts)||fifth (45 pts)|
|Bansko – February 28||third (60 pts)||2nd (80 pts)|
|Kranjska Gora – March 13||4th (50 pts)||1st (100 pts)|
|Average factors taken in the World Cup||67 pts||69 pts|
|Summary of the confrontations||4||5|
Slalom – Sunday March 21, heats at 10:30 am and 1:45 pm
The pickets are usually the protect of Alexis Pinturault. And for good motive: his rival has by no means taken the begin of a world cup slalom. Marco Odermatt ensures that the massive premiere isn’t scheduled for now. He swore it once more final Saturday with L’Equipe, after his large victory at Kranjska Gora which changed him 31 factors behind Alexis Pinturault: “I will not do the slaloms. If we think we can start a slalom without training and finish in the top 15, we are wrong. “
The Swiss stored their phrase the subsequent day. As since the begin of winter, he was as soon as once more absent from the Kranjska Gora slalom start-list. But will it’s the identical, subsequent Sunday, between the poles of the finals of Lenzerheide, for what might be the final race of the season? We can nonetheless doubt it. It is difficult to think about the Swiss depriving himself of a final likelihood to dispute the globe with Pinturault if ever the two males had been nonetheless standing in a handful of models, in a single route or the different. The Helvetian, who clearly has greater than 400 factors total, in any case has his ticket to take part in the social gathering bringing collectively the 25 finest slalomers of the World Cup. Will he use it? In any case, he appears to take nice pleasure in taking part in on this uncertainty.
This Wednesday, after the announcement of the cancellation of the descents, Odermmatt posted a photograph displaying him with slalom skis. And the phrases of the coach of the Swiss technicians, Matteo Joris, reported by The morning, solely swelled the rumor: “He put on his slalom slats, but it was only for free skiing. If he published the photo on the networks, it was surely to arouse interest, to provoke a little. “Psychological warfare has begun.
Anyway, Odermatt is clearly proper to decrease his probabilities of scoring factors since it’s a query of getting into the prime 15 and never the prime 30. Apart from an avalanche of falls and retirement on Sunday, it’s hardly conceivable to see him so excessive in the rating. All ranges mixed, he has not competed in a race between the poles since the mixed of Bansko two years in the past (twenty first, nineteenth in the slalom spherical at 2 “64 from Hirscher and 1” 65 from Pinturault). And his final slalom as such dates again to April 2018, throughout the Swiss championships (twenty first). But let’s not overlook that in his roundup at the World Junior Championships in 2018 (4 titles), he additionally gained gold in the mixed. This suggests a minimal of predisposition between the posts. Pinturault is due to this fact not immune to an exploit on the a part of Odermatt. Especially given the success that has accompanied the Swiss since leaving the Worlds.
His presence in the beginning space alone would have the benefit of inserting further stress on the shoulders of Alexis Pinturault, who final Sunday at Krajnska Gora had his first retirement in slalom for over a 12 months. Like a poker bluff. All the blows are good to give at a time when the globe is about to be performed.
Slalom outcomes this winter
|Alexis Pinturault||Marco odermatt|
|Alta Badia – December 21||eleventh (24 pts)||/|
|Madonna di Campiglio – December 22||sixth (40 pts)||/|
|Zagreb – January 6||18th (13 pts)||/|
|Adelboden – January 10||seventeenth (14 pts)||/|
|Flachau – January 16||ninth (29 pts)||/|
|Flachau – January 17||third (60 pts)||/|
|Schladming – January 26||third (60 pts)||/|
|Chamonix – January 30||eighth (32 pts)||/|
|Chamonix – January 31||eighth (32 pts)||/|
|Cortina d’Ampezzo (Worlds) – February 21||seventh||/|
|Kranjska Gora – March 14||Abandonment in 2nd spherical||/|
|Average factors taken in the World Cup||30 pts||/|
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