France's Pinturault Wins World Cup Giant Slalom

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Alexis Pinturault of France bounced back with an aggressive second run to win a World Cup giant slalom Sunday as his closest German challengers faltered.

Alexis Pinturault

Alexis Pinturault of France bounced back with an aggressive second run to win a World Cup giant slalom Sunday as his closest German challengers faltered.

Pinturault was second after the first heat, behind hometown favorite Felix Neureuther and ahead of Fritz Dopfer. But Dopfer crashed out in the second run and Neureuther made a mistake that dropped him down in the ranking. Germany was seeking its first men's giant slalom victory in 40 years.

World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria and world champion Ted Ligety of the United States profited from the Germans' mistakes to take second and third, respectively.

Pinturault clocked a combined time of 2 minutes, 32.42 seconds for his second win of the season.

Hirscher overcame a stomach virus to extend his overall World Cup lead. He was 0.60 seconds behind the winner and Ligety was 0.63 back.