Neureuther leads after 1st run of GS at World Cup Finals

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) Felix Neureuther of Germany leads after the first run of a giant slalom at World Cup Finals as he tries to win his first race in the discipline in three years.

Neureuther finished the shorter-than-usual course in 53.11 seconds Saturday, taking a slender 0.01-second lead over Austria's Marcel Hirscher, who's already clinched the season-long giant slalom title along with his sixth straight overall crown.

Alexis Pinturault of France sits in third heading into the afternoon run.

Neureuther's last win in a World Cup giant slalom was Jan. 11, 2014, in Switzerland.

Hirscher and Pinturault have dominated the World Cup GS scene this season, winning six of seven races. Mathieu Faivre of France interrupted their supremacy with a win in December at Val d'Isere, France.

He's in fourth, 0.36 seconds back.

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