Neureuther wins WC giant slalom

ADELBODEN, Switzerland -- Felix Neureuther overcame a big first-run deficit to win a World Cup giant slalom on Saturday for his second straight victory in 2014.

The German was only seventh fastest in the morning but benefited from fading sunshine in the afternoon to finish 0.10 ahead of first-run leader Thomas Fanara of France.

Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third, 0.19 behind Neureuther's combined time of 2 minutes, 34.60 seconds.

Ted Ligety of the United States, who was sitting third, skied out when poised to take the lead after being rocked by a bump approaching a gate midway down.

It was Neureuther's first GS victory, and seventh career World Cup win overall following his slalom triumph on Monday in Bormio, Italy.

Ligety and Hirscher had combined to win the first four GS races this season.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway placed 12th and retained his lead in the overall World Cup standings, by 77 points from two-time defending champion Hirscher.

Hirscher earned 60 race points to extend his lead in the GS discipline standings.

Alexis Pinturault of France, who placed fourth Saturday, rose above Ligety into second place, trailing Hirscher by 75 points.

A typically large and raucous crowd of 29,500 lining the Kuonisbaergli course had only one Swiss racer to cheer in the second run. Carlo Janka, the Olympic champion in giant slalom, finished 20th, 2.24 behind Neureuther.

Bode Miller of the U.S. skied out midway down the first run when he lost balance in the softening snow with temperatures at 6 C (43 F).