Pinturault wins season-closing giant slalom, Hirscher the globe

Soldeu (Andorra) (AFP) –


France's Alexis Pinturault won Saturday's season-closing World Cup giant slalom at Soldeu with Marcel Hirscher already assured of the discipline's small globe back in sixth.

Pinturault left it late to open his giant slalom account for the season, finishing 0.44s quicker than Swiss rival Marco Odermatt with Slovenia's Zan Kranjec at 1.03s back in third.

It was the 23rd World Cup win of Pinturault's career and in the standings it left the alpine combined world champion second behind Hirscher, who finished this last giant slalom in Andorra 1.74sec behind.

Austria's Hirscher secured his eighth overall consecutive overall World Cup crown last weekend in Slovenia. The 30-year-old made sure of the giant slalom globe at Bansko in Bulgaria last month.

Pinturault, who claimed the combined small globe also last month, dominated the first run at Soldeu before fending off Odermatt's challenge in the second leg.