Papadakis and Cizeron open big lead at Trophee de France
PARIS (AP) World champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron delivered a commanding performance for a nearly 10-point lead in the ice dance at the Trophee de France on Friday.
Competing in their first ISU Grand Prix event this season, the French skaters scored a personal best of 78.26 points in the short program and were 9.54 points ahead of Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin.
Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were in third place, with 66.77.
The Trophee de France is the fourth event of the Grand Prix Series. The Cup of China and the NHK Trophy later this month will be the last chances for ice skaters to qualify for the GP Final from Dec. 7-11 in Marseille, France.
In the pairs competition, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany led with 77.55.