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Alpine Skiing: Hirscher sets the pace in giant slalom

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Austrian Marcel Hirscher topped the standings after the first leg of the men's World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia on Sunday.

Hirscher, the defending World Cup champion in the discipline, timed 1min 18.14sec down the famed Gran Risa slope, 0.22sec ahead of French racer Alexis Pinturault.

American Ted Ligety, double giant slalom world champion, was in third at 0.41sec.

German duo Fritz Dopfer and Stephan Luitz were the only other racers to get within a second of Hirscher.

The second leg is slated for 1130 GMT.

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