March 19, 2016

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) It was an all-French podium in the men's giant slalom Saturday as an impressive second run from Thomas Fanara saw him edge out teammate Alexis Pinturault for a first-ever World Cup win.

Fanara was fourth-fastest after the opening run at the season-ending World Cup finals but a perfect second attempt saw him beat Pinturault by 0.02 seconds. Mathieu Faivre was 0.14 off the pace.

''Amazing, I have no words,'' the 34-year-old Fanara said. ''It was difficult to believe until Mathieu crossed the finish, I took 10 seconds to realize, `yes, you did it.' It's an amazing moment for me and to share it with two other French guys on the podium is just amazing.

''Each time I try to do my best and this time it was the same. It was the last run of the season so I told myself just enjoy it and have no regrets.''

Faivre was first in the opening run, 0.2 seconds ahead of Pinturault, who had won four races in the discipline this season.

''Of course this evening it's going to be a big French party. I just want to enjoy this moment because I spent a lot of races second or third so I just want to enjoy this and share it with all the French. It's a chance to say thank you to all the staff, all the coaches, all the guys.

''I also want to say think you to the other racers. A lot of other racers congratulated me and I could see in their eyes that this was honest and they were really happy for me and it touched me.''

Marcel Hirscher had also won four giant slalom races this season to successfully defend his World Cup title. The Austrian finished fifth, 0.92 behind Fanara.

''It was not the easiest season for me to earn the giant slalom globe,'' Hirscher said. ''The French team, especially Pinturault, is getting better and better and it won't be easy in the future to beat them. It definitely wasn't easy this season already.

''They were amazing today and I want to congratulate them. They were very impressive, all three guys showed that, especially Thomas Fanara.''

Pinturault was second in the giant slalom standings and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, who will pick up the slalom globe tomorrow, third.

The 27-year-old Hirscher had also already secured a fifth successive overall title.

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