By Manuele Lang
WENGEN, Switzerland, Jan 18 (Reuters) - France's Alexis Pinturault made the most of his all-round talent to clinch his third World Cup race in a men's super-combined in Wengen on Friday.
The 21-year-old, one of the most exciting prospects to emerge in the sport in recent years, outclassed his rivals in the afternoon slalom to win in a combined time of two minutes and 41.62 seconds.
While he limited the damage by finishing 22nd in the morning's downhill, 2.07 behind Italy's Christof Innerhofer, Pinturault left his nearest rival, Croatia's Ivica Kostelic, 1.15 adrift after the slalom leg.
Local favourite Carlo Janka, in the doldrums for nearly two years, finished third, 1.49 behind the Frenchman.
It was the 2010 overall World Cup winner's first podium since March 2011 and his fourth medal spot in the Wengen super-combined.
Pinturault earned his first World Cup laurels last season at the Munich City Event and won a slalom in Val d'Isere in December.
The Wengen weekend continues with the classic Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday. (Reporting by Manuele Lang, editing by Justin Palmer)