VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — Mathieu Faivre led a fierce French challenge on first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria to win a giant slalom on Sunday for his first World Cup victory.
Faivre secured the fastest second run to beat Hirscher, the five-time defending World Cup overall winner and a Val d’Isere specialist, by 0.49 seconds.
France placed four racers in the top five, roared on by a noisy crowd that sang the French anthem — La Marseillaise — when an emotional Faivre stood on the top step of the podium.
Faivre had 0.01 to make up from the first leg, and the 24-year-old racer’s debut victory denied Hirscher a fifth GS win on this course since 2009.
France team leader Alexis Pinturault was third, trailing 1.11 behind the winner. Teammates Thomas Fanara and Victor Muffat-Jeandet placed fourth and fifth.
Hirscher has now lost to two Frenchmen in defense of his season-long giant slalom trophy after being runner-up to Pinturault in the season-opening race at Soelden, Austria.
Faivre, a former world junior champion, has had three podium finishes in World Cup giant slalom in 2016 and Pinturault was alongside him each time.
Source : Internet