French duo claim giant slalom glory

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There was double success for France in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup as Tessa Worley and Alexis Pinturault each claimed landmark giant slalom wins in Sestriere and Val d'Isere respectively.

Worley extended her lead at the top of the women's giant slalom standings by edging out Sofia Goggia and Lara Gut in Italy.

The 27-year-old's second successive win in her specialist discipline was her 10th in total and saw her equal Carole Merle's record for the most giant slalom wins by a French woman.

Worley sat third after the first run on Saturday, just behind Mikaela Shiffrin and Tina Weirather, but produced the best performance second time around to beat Goggia by 0.15 seconds, with Gut a further 0.14secs back.

Weirather and Shiffrin slipped back to fourth and sixth respectively, the latter's lead atop the overall standings reduced to eight points by Gut.

Eight of the last nine men's giant slalom races have now produced French winners after Pinturault's success on home soil in Val d'Isere.

Marchel Hirscher was forced to settle for second once again - his third consecutive runner-up finish in the discipline - as Pinturault did enough to remain ahead following a blistering first run.

Pinturault is now the most successful French man in World Cup giant slalom races, his eighth triumph taking him clear of Jean-Claude Killy.

He also takes over as leader of the discipline standings from Hirscher, although the Austrian remains out in front overall.