News – FR – Alpine skiing worlds: ‘chances are there!’, Assures Luc Alphand


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Led by its leader Alexis Pinturault, the French team presents itself ambitious at the Alpine Skiing World Championships which open this Monday in Cortina d’Ampezzo The Courchevel skier represents the best title chances for the French delegation but behind others can believe in it like Tessa Worley in giant or Clément Noël in slalom For Luc Alphand, ski consultant for France Télévisions, “chances are there, there is plenty to do!”

“Pinturault as a giant is clearly the best chance”, assures Luc Alphand “Without the World Cup overall goal he has on the other races, on a one day one race format, he’s going to be formidable Not only is he in good shape but he is also confident For him all the lights are green Pintu can be the man of the World Championships He can come back from the championships with three medals”

In Italy, the Savoyard will compete in four events: the combined where he is the reigning world champion, the giant, the slalom and the super-G “In combined this is his secret garden where he has title chances and as a giant he can do it when you see what he did in Adelboden In slalom it’s more open, but he can do it too By taking risks, he can have waste but right now he’s a metronome He has a ski that is so reliable, he doesn’t make mistakes He may not be the fastest inherently at the moment but he makes no mistakes in slalom, “said the 1997 World Cup winner.

According to him: “In super-G, it’s a new track Everything will depend on the layout, because on a speed-type super G, it will be less strong If it’s more technical it can really be to his advantage”The only super-Gs in which Pinturault shone were very technical, where he was able to express his exceptional snow touch. In this discipline, the medal is “less certain” but “if he does it is huge!”

The skier from Grand-Bornand has just rediscovered the taste for victory as a giant, two years after her last World Cup success, and is aiming for a third historic title in the specialty at Cortina “I think Tessa is having a good time The track is not bad, there is some ground movement, it is quite steep and she has never been the biggest slider so if it is too flat she is not the strongest In difficult conditions, she is She has the experience and she is reboosted When you’ve just won, it’s more than playable “, says Luc Alphand

“Has she found her ski from her best years? She’s maybe a little less consistent than those years when she won the globe and she was world champion but she’s a skier who ski hard and she will give everything “, said the bronze medalist in downhill in 1996The Frenchwoman will have a hard time facing the ogress Marta Bassino, victorious over four giants this season, Mikaela Shiffrin or defending champion Petra Vlhova “It remains an open race and largely possible”, according to Luc Alphand

The Val-d’Isère skier has had a roller-coaster season in slalom Between two runs off the track, he nevertheless won a seventh career victory in Chamonix, a year after his last success in this same French resort. Luc Alphand believes in the talent of the slalom competitor: “Clément Noël has a chance for the title, clearly because he has the dazzling speed and the speed Every time it goes, it goes really fast As soon as he passes a round, bim! The slalom is always very randomAt the level where they are, it goes very quickly You can get on and you’re out right away, but he’ll take the risks”

“He just won in Chamonix, he knows he has speed, he shouldn’t focus on mistakes but on the skiing he is doing at the moment So he knows he’s going fast, it’s up to him not to make mistakes because the level is so dense that you make a mistake and he died trying to win We will have to manage the ardor a little, but at the same time, a world champion title we will have to go and seek it “, underlines the native of Briançon

The men’s speed group has only one podium this season after Johan Clarey’s second place on the legendary Kitzbühel descent But the vice-world champion of super-G (2019) is not the only one who can shine: “We really have a great French team in speed, with density, with young people who go fast There is a group of eight-nine skiers and the selection was not easy We have a group behind, often with different guys who make it into the top ten: Matthieu Bailet, Nils Allègre, Johan Clarey or Nicolas Raffort”

“On a one-day race, it can do it There is a track where there are training and racing but otherwise no one knows it Only a few Italians went to train on it before the competition Johan Clarey in downhill is the best French chance and then in super-G, Matthieu Bailet or Nils Allegre can also shine It’s open with chances of medals, they are less clear than in technique but they are real compared to the girls”Explains Luc Alphand with reference to the women’s speed team which, deprived of Romane Miradoli, will have great difficulty in shining

Victor Muffat-Jeandet will present himself on the technical disciplines and could also represent a chance for a medal, more particularly in combined according to Luc Alphand: “In combined, he can do itOn a super-G format which is more advantageous (super-G slalom), it is also a chance for a medal”The Val-d’Isère skier, who has his only career victory in this specialty, can also hope to secure a podium in slalom after his fourth place in Chamonix at the end of January.

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