World Cup leader Hirscher wins giant slalom, denies France's Pinturault victory; Ligety 7th



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Ted Ligety of United States competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)


ADELBODEN, Switzerland — Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria swept to victory in a giant slalom on Saturday, denying Alexis Pinturault an emotional win for France.

Hirscher extended his morning lead to finish in a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 39.11 seconds, beating Pinturault by 1.13.

Pinturault was among several French racers who wore "Je Suis Charlie" messages on their helmets, showing support for their home country after a traumatic week of terrorist incidents.

After crossing the finish line as provisional leader, Pinturault pointed to the message.

"I think it was nice to show my solidarity after the current events," the 23-year-old Frenchman said after being third-fastest in the first run.

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway finished third, trailing 1.64 behind Hirscher.

Hirscher's fourth win in five GS races this season earned 100 points to extend his lead in the discipline standings over Ted Ligety of the United States to 138.

Ligety, the Olympic and world champion placed seventh, 1.86 behind his main rival.

In the overall race, Hirscher is 152 ahead of Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who failed to finish. Jansrud skied out midway down the second run and swiped at a safety fence in frustration.

Hirscher is the favorite again Sunday in the slalom, which he has won here for the past three years.

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