Pinturault wins Bansko combined, small globe

Alexis Pinturault won in Bansko on Friday to retain his men's combined crown

World champion Alexis Pinturault edged out Austria's Marcel Hirscher to win Friday's World Cup alpine combined in Bansko. Pinturault timed a total of 1min 55.55sec over a super-G and a slalom, 0.68sec ahead of Hirscher, with Slovenia's Stefan Hadalin, who took silver behind the Frenchman at the Are worlds, in third just one-hundredth of a second adrift. It was the 22nd victory of Pinturault's career and also guaranteed him a fifth small globe for topping the discipline standings, having previously tied in 2013 and 2014, and come out overall winner in 2016 and 2017.

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