Marcel Hirscher holds off Olympic champion Ted Ligety to win Alta Badia GS for 2nd year


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ALTA BADIA, Italy — Marcel Hirscher beat Olympic champion Ted Ligety by a large margin to post his third career win on the Gran Risa course Sunday in a World Cup giant slalom race.

Extending his first-run lead, the three-time defending overall champion from Austria clocked a two-run time of 2 minutes, 30.17 seconds.

Ligety, the American who has twice won this race, moved up from seventh after the opening leg to finish second, 1.45 seconds behind. Thomas Fanara of France placed third, a further three hundredths back.

Hirscher first won a slalom on the Gran Risa in 2011, then took the GS last year.

Italian great Alberto Tomba holds the record of four wins on the Gran Risa.

In the overall, Hirscher moved within 70 points of leader Kjetil Jansrud, who finished 14th.

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