Japan - Alexis Pinturault led a 1-2 finish for France in
the men's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.
who was second after the first run, used a blistering
second run of 1 minute, 17.78 seconds to finish 0.51
ahead of compatriot Mathieu Faivre. Massimiliano
Blardone of Italy was third, 0.67 off the pace.
race was not easy," Pinturault said. "It was
quite bumpy on the second run and there were some gates
you had to control and some gates you had to
Dopfer of Germany led after the first run but dropped
down to seventh after a second effort of 1:19.75.
Hirscher of Austria, who leads the giant slalom
standings, was sixth, 1.31 seconds back.
the first giant slalom win of the season for Pinturault.
slalom is my best discipline," Pinturault said.
"I would like to improve in slalom and Super G but
giant slalom is where I have my most podiums. I'm more a
technical guy than a speed guy."
giant slalom was the first since Dec. 21 after two races
in January were cancelled due to warm weather.
the first World Cup podium for Faivre.
very happy with the first podium," Faivre said.
"I've been getting closer with a lot of Top 10
finishes so it's nice to finally break through. As
Alexis said, it was not an easy race and it was quite
bumpy on the second run."
next World Cup event is a slalom event on Sunday at the