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Italy's Massimiliano Blardone wins World Cup giant slalom; Hirscher extends overall lead
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) ' Italy's Massimiliano Blardone mastered a fast-deteriorating course Sunday to beat World Cup overall leader Marcel Hirscher in a giant slalom.
Blardone trailed Hirscher by 0.02 seconds after the first leg, but raced through soft, rutted snow to finish the two runs in 2 minutes, 33.77 seconds. It was his second victory of the season.
Hirscher was 0.16 behind in second place, extending his lead in the overall and giant slalom standings.
Hannes Reichelt of Austria soared from 11th in the morning to finish third, trailing Blardone by 0.82.
Blardone, Hirscher and defending GS champion Ted Ligety of the U.S. have combined to win all seven races this season. Ligety placed ninth, 1.29 behind.