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Italy's Giuliano Razzoli claims maiden World Cup victory in Zagreb slalom

Italian skier Giuliano Razzoli, 25, earned his first World Cup victory as he beat compatriot Manfred Molgg and France's world silver medalist Julien Lizeroux in the Zagreb slalom.

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AFP - Italian skier Giuliano Razzoli won his first ever World Cup slalom race here on Wednesday and was warmly congratulated by his legendary compatriot Alberto Tomba with whom he has been compared.

The 25-year-old - who earned his first podium placing here last year when he finished third - beat home compatriot Manfred Molgg by 23hundreths of a second while France's world silver medalist Julien Lizeroux was 49hundreths of a second adrift for his first podium placing of the season.

"It was truly a moment to savour to be congratulated by Alberto (Tomba) at the end," he said.

"He is a friend. This evening I am going to celebrate with my parents and my fan club around abouts fifteen people who drove for eight hours to watch me here.

"I hope that this first success will spark me into becoming more consistent.

"Last season, I made two podiums but I also failed to finish several times. It is never easy to win the races."

Molgg was relieved to have ended a disastrous run of results.

"I am happy because this is my first podium finish since Garmisch (where he won), 11 months ago."

Lizeroux was also mightily relieved at finishing in the top three.

"When one finishes on the podium, it always does you good," beamed the Frenchman.

"It is a podium finish, a third place. I have never finished third in the World Cup. Evem more than the result I am happy with the manner I achieved it in."

Austrian Reinfried Herbst - winner of the first two slaloms of the campaign - was fastest after the first leg but lost his rhythm on the second run and could finish only fifth nearly a second off the winner.

However, he retained his lead in the World Cup slalom standings while compatriot Benjamin Raich went top of the overall World Cup standings after finishing 11th benefiting from the absence of Carlo Janka of Switzerland.

 

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