Alpine skiing: Neureuther makes history in Adelboden

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Alpine skiing: Neureuther makes history in Adelboden

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Felix Neureuther became only the second German to win a giant slalom race on teh World Cup circuit when the 29-year-old triumphed in Adelboden.

Almost 41-years after Max Rieger celebrated victory in Mont Sainte, Anne Neureuther was flying the German flag high on the slopes of the Swiss resort.

Having won the Bormio slalom on Monday he carried his winning ways into Saturday’s race.

He entered the second leg with only the seventh-fastest time but produced a flawless run down the challenging course to win in a time of 2 minutes and 34.6 seconds.

Thomas Fanara of France was leading after the first run and was looking good for his maiden World Cup victory.

But he couldn’t match Neureuther’s pace in the second and had to settle for the runner’s up spot for the second time this season following his near-miss in December’s giant slalom in Val D’Isere.

He ended the day a mere one tenth of a second off the pace.

Two-time defending overall world cup champion Marcel Hirscher rounded off the podium in third place.

The 24-year-old Austrian – who has made the podium in his last seven races – was a further nine hundredths of a second back.

With that result he extended his lead in the discipline standings and closed the gap on Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway in the overall classifications.