Wor­ley wins another gi­ant slalom

Shiffrin fin­ishes sixth af­ter tough sec­ond run down the moun­tain; her over­all lead drops to 8 points.

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sestriere, italy» Tessa Wor­ley won her sec­ond straight World Cup gi­ant slalom Satur­day af­ter first-run leader Mikaela Shiffrin strug­gled in her sec­ond trip down the 2006 Turin Olympics course.

Charg­ing af­ter plac­ing third in the open­ing run, Wor­ley cap­tured her 10th ca­reer gi­ant slalom win to match the French record set by Ca­role Merle be­tween 1988 and 1993.

Wor­ley fin­ished 0.15 sec­onds ahead of ris­ing Ital­ian skier Sofia Gog­gia and 0.29 in front of de­fend­ing over­all World Cup cham­pion Lara Gut of Switzer­land.

“It’s a tough day to win,” said Wor­ley, the GS world cham­pion in 2013. “Those girls are fight­ing hard and I try to fight a bit harder.”

It was a mem­o­rable day for the French team with Alexis Pin­tu­rault win­ning a men’s GS on home snow in Val d’Isere.

Wor­ley also won a GS in Killing­ton, Vt., two weeks ago.

Shiffrin, the Amer­i­can who won the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, lost a big chunk of time early in her sec­ond run af­ter get­ting thrown off course and fin­ished sixth.

Shiffrin’s lead over Gut in the over­all stand­ings was cut to eight points, al­though she’ll be the fa­vorite in a slalom on Sun­day.

French­man posts fastest time

val d’isere, france» A hand in­jury could not stop French­man Alexis Pin­tu­rault from con­quer­ing the icy Face de Bell­e­varde course as he won another World Cup gi­ant slalom race to ramp up the pres­sure on ri­val Mar­cel Hirscher of Aus­tria.

The 25-year-old Pin­tu­rault earned his 17th ca­reer World Cup win and eighth win in GS, beat­ing the French GS record.

De­spite se­verely bruis­ing his right hand in a train­ing fall on Thurs­day, Pin­tu­rault fin­ished 0.33 ahead of Hirscher — who is the five-time de­fend­ing over­all World Cup win­ner — and 1.5 sec­onds clear of Nor­we­gian Hen­rik Kristof­fersen.

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