KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) - Didier Defago of Switzerland edged Bode Miller by 0.05 seconds to win a World Cup super-G on Sunday, and Alexis Pinturault of France won the super-combined event for his sixth career victory.
“The course suits me,” said Defago, the 2010 Olympic champion who won the classic Hahnenkamm downhill five years ago. “I was disappointed we had only one training run this week. I love this course. I fully used my chances today.”
Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Max Franz of Austria shared third, 0.15 off the lead.
The race also counted as the first portion of the super-combined, which added the results of the super-G and a slalom run.
Pinturault posted the fastest time in the floodlit slalom to finish in an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 2.79 seconds. Ted Ligety of the United States was 0.44 back in second, and defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third, 1.47 behind.
“It’s a great result,” Pinturault said. “My confidence is building and my skiing gets better and better. That’s very positive for the Olympics.”
Svindal of Norway also failed to finish the slalom, leaving Hirscher the chance to close the gap in the overall standings to 102 points. The next event is the night slalom in Schladming, where Svindal won’t compete.
Hirscher was 1.53 off the lead after the super-G but attacked his slalom throughout to make the podium.
“I couldn’t risk more than I’ve done,” said Hirscher, who failed the finish the regular slalom event Friday. “These 60 points are now very important for me.”
Ligety was 0.94 back in 31st after the super-G, but put in an aggressive slalom run that was unmatched until Pinturault came down.
“My slalom run was ok, it was sure better than in the classic slalom race,” Ligety said. “Alexis is a great slalom skier so it’s not too bad to be after him.”
Earlier Sunday, organizers delayed the super-G for three hours due to snowfall and lowered the start because of strong winds.