ALTA BADIA, Italy (AP)– Alexis Pinturault led the classic men’s World Cup huge slalom on the Gran Risa course after the opening run Sunday.

The Frenchman mastered the steep and technically requiring course in the Italian Alps to lead Filip Zubcic of Croatia by 0.26 seconds.

Marco Odermatt, who won the previous GS two weeks ago to become the first Swiss winner in the discipline in nearly 10 years, was third and had four tenths to comprise in the second run.

Pinturault collected 14 of his 30 career World Cup wins in GS however is yet to reach the podium this season.

The three races up until now had three various winners– Lucas Braathen, Zubcic, and Odermatt. The Norwegian was 0.51 back in 4th.

” It was a good run, no big errors, good rhythm. And we have actually worked a lot on my product,” Pinturault said.

The Frenchman said he gained from the course conditions, with grippy snow on an icy surface area.

A win Sunday would likely see the Frenchman go back to the top of the general standings.

Pinturault lost his lead in the rankings to Aleksander Aamodt Kilde after the Norwegian posted back-to-back wins in speed races in neighboring Val Gardena on Friday and Saturday.

Kilde had 1.03 seconds to make up on Pinturault in the second leg. His Norwagian teammate and World Cup GS champion, Henrik Kristoffersen, was 0.81 off the lead.

Pinturault routed Kilde by 54 points last season, when the remaining six races were canceled since of the coronavirus outbreak.

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