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Kristoffersen wins giant slalom, Hirscher must wait for globe

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Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) (AFP)

Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen won a third straight giant slalom when he edged compatriot Rasmus Windingstad in Kranjska Gora on Saturday, a result that prevented Marcel Hirscher sealing the overall title.

Kristoffersen, who had won the previous World Cup giant slalom in Bansko two weeks ago and before that the world title in Are, finished in a combined time of 2min 26.63sec, 0.24sec ahead of Windingstad.

A pair of Swiss skiers, Marco Odermatt and Cedric Noger finished third and fourth, ahead of the two men, in theory contesting for the large crystal globe for the overall title.

Frenchman Alexis Pinturault edged Marcel Hirscher to take fifth place, trimming the Austrian's lead by five points to 485, but with only five races and a maximum of 500 points left.

Results of the men's giant slalom in Kranjska Gora:

1. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 2min 26.63 sec (1:14.25 + 1:12.38); 2. Rasmus Windingstad (NOR) 2:26.87 (1:14.92 + 1:11.95); 3. Marco Odermatt (SUI) 2:27.19 (1:15.39 + 1:11.80); 4. Cedric Noger (SUI) 2:27.49 (1:15.17 + 1:12.32); 5. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 2:27.50 (1:14.52 + 1:12.98); 6. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 2:27.55 (1:14.66 + 1:12.89); 7. Loic Meillard (SUI) 2:27.66 (1:14.75 + 1:12.91); 8. Trevor Philp (CAN) 2:27.68 (1:15.38 + 1:12.30); 9. Zan Kranjec (SLO) 2:27.77 (1:14.77 + 1:13.00); 10. Manuel Feller (AUT) 2:27.85 (1:15.25 + 1:12.60)

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