Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:44 AM
Updated: Jan 18, 2013 7:44 AM
WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) Alexis Pinturault of France used his superior slalom skills to win a World Cup super-combined on Friday, while Ted Ligety skied out.
Pinturault was more than one second faster than any rival in the slalom to win by 1.15 seconds. He finished ahead of Ivica Kostelic of Croatia and Carlo Janka of Switzerland was third.
Ligety, who remains third overall, seemed set for a podium finish until his right ski slipped free making a turn.
Pinturault won in combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 41.62 seconds. Pinturault got his second win of the season, after victory in his home slalom last month at Val d'Isere.
Aksel Lund of Svindal of Norway placed 14th to close the points gap on overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who skipped the event.
Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was third after the downhill but lost a slalom ski without losing balance.
Kostelic was seeking his third straight win in the Wengen super-combined.
First-run leader Christof Innerhofer of Italy placed fifth, which gave Janka his first podium finish of the season and prompted cheers from home fans.
Janka, the 2010 overall champion, has struggled with form because of changes to ski regulations.