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season ended for the Norwegian Kilde, main rival of Pinturault

Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, currently second in the Alpine Skiing World Cup standings and title holder, will have to leave the remainder of the season with a ruptured knee ligament, announced, Saturday January 16, the Norwegian Ski Federation.

Absent on the slalom, the main opponent of Frenchman Alexis Pinturault overall was injured in a fall during super-G training in Austria. “This is what I feared but did not hope for. I’m in good hands and I have a lot of people around me with a lot of experience, so it’s going to be fine ”, said the 27-year-old athlete, quoted in the press release from the federation. ” I had a very small fall, but with big consequences “He also explained to Norwegian television.

Alexis Pinturault now has a royal road ahead of him to win the big globe of the World Cup, a first for a French skier since Luc Alphand in 1997. The Savoyard should however be wary of the Swiss Marco Odermatt, in great shape in giant slalom, the discipline of choice of “Pintu”.

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