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Pinturault rules in Wengen

Alexis Pinturault produced a scintillating second run to take a superb victory in the men's World Cup slalom in Wengen, Switzerland on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Frenchman was only seventh after the first run, trailing leader Marcel Hirscher by 0.88 seconds, but he turned things round in his second descent to claim only the second slalom win of his career in a combined time of one minute 42.87 seconds.

German Felix Neureuther was second with 1:43.21, with Austrian Hirscher, the two-time defending overall World Cup champion, having to settle for third in 1:43.50.

"I tried to take my chance and it paid off," said Pinturault said on www.fis-ski.com.

"Its amazing for me, after a tough beginning of the season in slalom I am so happy to be on the podium today, especially to be on the top of it.

"I tried to attack and take my chances in the second run and I was hoping for a podium but I never dreamed it could be a victory for me here today."