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Alexis Pinturault leads 1-2 French finish in World Cup giant slalom

Alexis Pinturault led a 1-2 finish for France in the men's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.

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Alexis Pinturault of France won his first World Cup giant slalom race of the year in Yuzawa, Japan to move into second place in the standings. (Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom)

Alexis Pinturault led a 1-2 finish for France in the men's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.

Pinturault, 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.

Fritz Dopfer of Germany led after the first run but dropped down to seventh after a second effort of 1:19.75.

Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who leads the giant slalom standings, was sixth, 1.31 seconds back.

With his first giant slalom win of the season, Pinturault moved into second place in the standings.

Canada's Phil Brown and Trevor Philp did not qualify for a second run.

With files from CBC Sports

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