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Alpine skiing: Pinturault wins Garmisch giant slalom

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France's Alexis Pinturault claimed his first giant slalom win on the World Cup circuit here on Sunday, as Austrian Marcel Hirscher consolidated his lead atop the overall standings.

Having been second after the morning's first run, Pinturault's combined winning time of 2min 32.42sec over the two runs gave him the win by 0.60sec ahead of Hirscher, who won giant slalom silver at the recent world championships.

World downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was sixth at 0.97sec, and now sits 209 points adrift of Hirscher in the overall standings.

"After the world championships, I had a sore throat and stomach problems, so I was happy to have got some strength back," said Hirscher.

"This result was important for the overall (World Cup) title."

Recently-crowned world giant slalom champion Ted Ligety of the United States finished third at 0.63sec, despite finding himself fifth after the first run.

"I lost all chance of victory in the first round by making too many mistakes," admitted Ligety.

"A podium place is always good, even if I'm a little disappointed."

There was heartbreak for Garmisch local Felix Neureuther, who led after the first run, but a clear mistake halfway down the second run cost him valuable time and a win on his home piste, as he ended 12th.

With the Germans chasing their first men's giant slalom win in 40 years, compatriot Fritz Dopfer, third after the first run, suffered a bad crash after straddling a gate and was taken to hospital to dash hopes of a home victory.

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