Love it or hate it, alpine combined sure makes for some interesting race days. Given the variations in hills and conditions from venue to venue, not to mention race runs in disciplines on either end of the spectrum, sometimes it feels like you’d have a better chance at winning Russian roulette.

For the last two years, Wengen hasn’t been much different. Last year’s race was one of the weirdest World Cups in recent memory with all three podium finishers starting with bibs higher than 30. Friday’s race, although not quite as shocking as last year, still produced more than a few eyebrow-raising results.

French tech specialist Victor Muffat-Jeandet took his maiden World Cup win by sneaking in the top-30 after the downhill portion. Taking full advantage of a fog-plagued and deteriorating slalom run, the Frenchman jumped from 27th to the winners box by a perplexing 0.96 seconds over the other surprise of the day. Russia’s Pavel Trikhichev was second and Italy’s Peter Fill finished third, also securing the combined crystal globe as Friday’s race was the final combined of the World Cup season.

“Super combined is always a crazy day because you have to push really hard in the downhill because for me I’m more of a slalom guy,” Muffat-Jeandet said after the race. “You have to get top 30 and after, you have to go back into slalom mode. It’s such a long day and a really tough day. I got my first podium here three years ago and my first victory here in this magical place so full smile and so happy.”

Trikhichev scored his first World Cup podium. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Wolfgang Greiben

For Trikhichev, the Russian, his first World Cup podium was an unexpected one. Also taking advantage of an early slalom start, Trikhichev skied conservatively to finish as the only racer within one second of Muffat-Jeandet.

“I was really surprised, like, I was shocked, really shocked,” he admitted in the finish. “With the conditions, I don’t try and go really full. I try and ski like I can like on training runs. It didn’t feel good but finally it was a good run.”

Fill, who has won the World Cup downhill title the past two seasons, picked up another crystal globe for icing on the cake for the Italian veteran.

“I don’t believe that I have the globe,” Fill admitted. “It was only two races, so you have to be there with both and bring your best performance. I did not think that this would happen, I am overjoyed. I have three globes now, I do not have to tell my kids later that I won one with only two races. ”

The Americans delivered some solid results as well, particularly in the downhill portion. Bryce Bennet lead the way for the Stars and Stripes in a solid ninth place, although the tall Californian is eager to take the next step and take his skiing to another level.

“The top-10 thing is getting kinda old,” Bennet shared. “After Bormio, I was pretty upset with how that slalom run went and I knew I had some better slalom skiing. I needed to approach it a little bit differently in the slalom portion. I thought I did a better job, I had a little trouble up top but for the most part I kept it rolling pretty good.”

Following Bennett was Ted Ligety, who blazed the slalom portion after just missing the top 30 in the downhill run to finish an impressive 11th. With the form Ligety showed in slalom, we can only wonder what might have been if he had been able to attack a fresh course. Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Jared Goldberg finished back-to-back in 18th and 19th, respectively, to round out the American scorers. Drew Duffy also finished in 40th place and Kipling Weisel did not finish his slalom run in his World Cup debut.

The men are now set to take on the 88th running of the Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday, with the start time set for 12:30pm CET.

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Top 10

  1. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  2. Pavel Trikhichev (RUS) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  3. Peter Fill (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Dominik Paris (ITA) – Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  6. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  7. Justin Murisier (SUI) – Voelkl/Dalbello/Marker
  8. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  9. Bryce Bennett (USA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  10. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – Head/Head/Head

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  16  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  1:46.21  49.08  2:35.29  0.00  100
 2  37  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS  1:46.25  50.00  2:36.25  +0.96  7.11  80
 3  1  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:44.42  52.02  2:36.44  +1.15  8.52  60
 4  15  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:44.73  51.72  2:36.45  +1.16  8.59  50
 5  12  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:44.40  52.07  2:36.47  +1.18  8.74  45
 6  3  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  1:45.22  51.30  2:36.52  +1.23  9.11  40
 7  9  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  1:46.03  50.56  2:36.59  +1.30  9.63  36
 8  8  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:44.78  51.88  2:36.66  +1.37  10.15  32
 9  18  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:45.09  51.65  2:36.74  +1.45  10.74  29
 10  7  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:44.66  52.13  2:36.79  +1.50  11.11  26
 11  32  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA  1:46.34  51.12  2:37.46  +2.17  16.07  24
 12  46  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  1:46.63  50.87  2:37.50  +2.21  16.37  22
 13  13  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  1:46.20  51.39  2:37.59  +2.30  17.03  20
 14  19  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:45.91  51.73  2:37.64  +2.35  17.40  18
 15  17  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:45.22  52.45  2:37.67  +2.38  17.63  16
 16  2  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic 1991 AUT  1:46.28  51.52  2:37.80  +2.51  18.59  15
 17  22  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  1:46.19  51.67  2:37.86  +2.57  19.03  14
 18  24  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA  1:45.04  52.84  2:37.88  +2.59  19.18  13
 19  25  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:45.16  52.77  2:37.93  +2.64  19.55  12
 20  49  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele 1994 ITA  1:45.84  52.43  2:38.27  +2.98  22.07  11
 21  4  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  1:45.48  52.94  2:38.42  +3.13  23.18  10
 22  30  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA  1:47.15  51.81  2:38.96  +3.67  27.18  9
 23  34  422073 NETELAND Bjoernar 1991 NOR  1:47.20  52.28  2:39.48  +4.19  31.03  8
 24  54  501987 MONSEN Felix 1994 SWE  1:46.36  53.20  2:39.56  +4.27  31.62  7
 25  42  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:45.54  54.04  2:39.58  +4.29  31.77  6
 26  11  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:45.18  54.47  2:39.65  +4.36  32.29  5
 27  6  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:46.51  53.59  2:40.10  +4.81  35.62  4
 28  41  561310 HROBAT Miha 1995 SLO  1:46.51  53.99  2:40.50  +5.21  38.58  3
 29  50  303758 SUGAI Ryo 1991 JPN  1:48.10  52.57  2:40.67  +5.38  39.84  2
 30  39  150743 BERNDT Ondrej 1988 CZE  1:47.94  52.77  2:40.71  +5.42  40.14  1
 31  58  151215 FOREJTEK Filip 1997 CZE  1:47.76  53.01  2:40.77  +5.48  40.58  0
 32  60  422310 SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth 1994 NOR  1:46.60  54.28  2:40.88  +5.59  41.40  0
 33  26  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:48.15  52.78  2:40.93  +5.64  41.77  0
 34  21  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  1:47.92  53.22  2:41.14  +5.85  43.32  0
 35  51  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  1:48.37  52.91  2:41.28  +5.99  44.36  0
 36  57  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  1:48.46  52.83  2:41.29  +6.00  44.43  0
 37  27  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  1:46.67  54.64  2:41.31  +6.02  44.58  0
 38  38  380361 RODES Istok 1996 CRO  1:48.95  52.53  2:41.48  +6.19  45.84  0
 39  33  422278 WINDINGSTAD Rasmus 1993 NOR  1:47.08  54.45  2:41.53  +6.24  46.21  0
 40  47  6531127 DUFFY Drew 1995 USA  1:48.23  53.31  2:41.54  +6.25  46.28  0
 41  48  561214 DEBELAK Tilen 1991 SLO  1:47.66  55.03  2:42.69  +7.40  54.80  0
 42  65  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  1:50.16  56.70  2:46.86  +11.57  85.68  0
 43  66  942023 TAHIRI Albin 1989 KOS  1:52.74  59.73  2:52.47  +17.18  127.23  0
Did not finish 2nd run
 61  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:49.20  0
 52  170131 FAARUP Christoffer 1992 DEN  1:47.81  0
 44  6531217 WEISEL Kipling 1995 USA  1:49.36  0
 43  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  1:46.55  0
 40  310426 VUKICEVIC Marko 1992 SRB  1:47.18  0
 36  512039 ROULIN Gilles 1994 SUI  1:45.82  0
 35  512038 ROGENTIN Stefan 1994 SUI  1:46.24  0
 28  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:44.50  0
 23  512031 BARANDUN Gian Luca 1994 SUI  1:45.47  0
 20  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:43.66  0
 14  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:44.80  0
 10  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:45.59  0
 5  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  1:45.81  0
Did not start 2nd run
 67  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:46.75  0
 64  6290393 CAZZANIGA Davide 1992 ITA  1:46.89  0
 63  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  1:49.67  0
 62  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:47.72  0
 56  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  1:46.54  0
 55  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:46.48  0
 53  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:46.58  0
 31  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:44.25  0
Did not finish 1st run
 59  104468 READ Jeffrey 1997 CAN  0
 45  422120 SAUGESTAD Stian 1992 NOR  0
Did not start 1st run
 29  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  0
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