Sarrazin pulls off shock win as Hirscher flounders


Cyprien Sarrazin pulled off a shock to win the men's Alpine Skiing World Cup parallel giant slalom in Alta Badia, while defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher fell at the first hurdle.

Frenchman Sarrazin, 22, secured the first World Cup victory of his career by beating Switzerland's Carlo Janka by 0.10 seconds in the big final.

Kjetil Jansrud, winner of the inaugural parallel giant slalom last year, took third from fellow Norwegian Leif Kristian Haugen after recording the fastest run of the day in the small final.

Hirscher, who is on course for a sixth successive overall title as he tops this season's leaderboard, failed to get past Steve Missilier in the first round and finished 18th with a net time of 39.47secs.

However, the Austrian still holds a 171-point advantage over Jansrud in the overall rankings.