Of the last 38 World Cup giant slalom races, only four were not won by Ted Ligety, Marcel Hirscher or Alexis Pinturault. Sunday was one of those days. Mathieu Faivre of France won his first-ever FIS Alpine World Cup race in front of a home crowd in Val d’Isere, finishing with a combined time of 2:25.01. Accompanying him on the podium was Hirscher and Pinturault, who finished in second and third place.

Faivre called the day “amazing,” and when asked about what he did differently in the offseason to prepare for the winter, his answer was simple.

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“I just keep working,” he said. “To train with the other French guys, it’s very good, too, to be better, so I’m very happy about my summer.”

ALPINE SKIING - FIS WC Val D IsereHirscher, who was 0.49 seconds off the winning pace, repeated his performance from Soelden. The Austrian has won at Val d’Isere four times before and was hoping to make Sunday’s race number five, but he could not catch Faivre’s second run time.

Today, he [was] nearly unbeatable because I mean my second run was really not too bad, but I had no chance against Mathieu,” the Austrian shared.

Pinturault was able to move up three spots thanks to his ripping second run to land in the third podium spot. The Frenchman was 1.11 seconds off the winning pace.

“It was pretty unexpected to be on the podium after my first run, so I just wanted to attack, push really hard,” Pinturault said. 

Pinturault and Hirscher are now tied for the lead in the giant slalom standings with 160 points a piece while the Austrian has taken the overall lead with 280 points.

No doubt the French giant slalom skiers have been pushing each other training, as they snagged four of the top five spots today with Thomas Fanara and Victor Muffat-Jeandet skiing just off the podium in fourth and fifth place.

Henrik Kristoffersen returned to the circuit for the race. Last season’s slalom globe winner was absent from the Levi, Finland, slalom last month while dealing with an ongoing spat with the Norwegian federation regarding his helmet sponsor. Today, he raced with Telenor on his helmet and skied to eighth place.

After a tough downhill for the American men, the team seemed to find its rhythm in giant slalom with five of the six starters earning top-30 results. Ligety led the team with an 11th-place finish while Tommy Ford took advantage of his second run starting position to take 14th place.

“It’s too bad that Beaver Creek was canceled or had to be moved to here,” Ford said. “But they did a great job here, and the snow was awesome and it’s fun to have our team go for it.”

Tim Jitloff finished the day in 18th place. Cochran-Siegle had a career-best GS finish, landing in 22nd position. David Chodounsky picked up at 27th place result. Brennan Rubie did not finish the first run.

VAL D ISERE,FRANCE,04.DEC.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup Val D Isere, giant slalom, men. Image shows Erik Read (CAN). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

Erik Read was the lone member of Canadian team to make the top 30, moving from bib 52 all the way to ninth place. It was the first time that Read earned World Cup giant slalom points and his first World Cup finish in the top 10, although he did finish an unofficial 21st in Beaver Creek last season before being disqualified for an equipment infraction. Read is also the reigning NCAA slalom champion and will look to defend his title at Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire, come March. Trevor Philp and Phil Brown did not qualify for a second run, and Dustin Cook did not finish first run.

NBCSN will broadcast the race at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday. Men’s World Cup action continues next weekend with another giant slalom and a slalom at Val d’Isere.

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Top 10

  1. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  2. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) –  Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  4. Thomas Fanara (FRA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  5. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  6. Luca De Aliprandini (ITA) –  Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  7. Philipp Schoerghofer (AUT) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  8. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  9. Erik Read (CAN) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  10. Riccardo Tonetti (ITA) – Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 7 194495FAIVRE Mathieu1992FRA 1:11.63 1:13.38 2:25.01 0.00
 2 6 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 1:11.62 1:13.88 2:25.50 +0.49 3.31
 3 5 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 1:12.70 1:13.42 2:26.12 +1.11 7.50
 4 4 191750FANARA Thomas1981FRA 1:12.06 1:14.47 2:26.53 +1.52 10.27
 5 13 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 1:12.39 1:14.42 2:26.81 +1.80 12.16
 6 24 990116DE ALIPRANDINI Luca1990ITA 1:13.15 1:13.99 2:27.14 +2.13 14.39
 7 12 51007SCHOERGHOFER Philipp1983AUT 1:12.81 1:14.56 2:27.37 +2.36 15.95
 8 3 422304KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik1994NOR 1:13.23 1:14.16 2:27.39 +2.38 16.08
 9 52 103729READ Erik1991CAN 1:13.79 1:13.72 2:27.51 +2.50 16.90
 10 20 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA 1:12.66 1:14.93 2:27.59 +2.58 17.44
 11 1 534562LIGETY Ted1984USA 1:12.99 1:14.65 2:27.64 +2.63 17.77
 12 9 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT 1:12.82 1:14.84 2:27.66 +2.65 17.91
 13 26 380335ZUBCIC Filip1993CRO 1:13.61 1:14.09 2:27.70 +2.69 18.18
 14 37 531799FORD Tommy1989USA 1:13.77 1:14.13 2:27.90 +2.89 19.53
 15 14 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI 1:13.35 1:14.61 2:27.96 +2.95 19.94
 16 2 201702NEUREUTHER Felix1984GER 1:13.24 1:14.81 2:28.05 +3.04 20.54
 17 11 421669HAUGEN Leif Kristian1987NOR 1:13.61 1:14.45 2:28.06 +3.05 20.61
 18 27 534959JITLOFF Tim1985USA 1:13.88 1:14.25 2:28.13 +3.12 21.09
 19 31 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:13.56 1:14.61 2:28.17 +3.16 21.36
 20 8 292967EISATH Florian1984ITA 1:13.81 1:14.40 2:28.21 +3.20 21.63
 21 23 511852CAVIEZEL Gino1992SUI 1:13.12 1:15.16 2:28.28 +3.27 22.10
 22 49 6530319COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan1992USA 1:14.03 1:14.30 2:28.33 +3.32 22.44
 23 18 501017MYHRER Andre1983SWE 1:13.45 1:14.97 2:28.42 +3.41 23.05
 24 36 512182MEILLARD Loic1996SUI 1:13.97 1:14.57 2:28.54 +3.53 23.86
 25 22 292491MOELGG Manfred1982ITA 1:13.89 1:14.79 2:28.68 +3.67 24.80
 26 17 180534SANDELL Marcus1987FIN 1:13.25 1:15.57 2:28.82 +3.81 25.75
 27 45 534508CHODOUNSKY David1984USA 1:14.02 1:15.85 2:29.87 +4.86 32.84
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 58 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA
 57 561310HROBAT Miha1995SLO
 55 512038ROGENTIN Stefan1994SUI
 54 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI
 53 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN
 51 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN
 48 512269ODERMATT Marco1997SUI
 47 53889HIRSCHBUEHL Christian1990AUT
 46 422073NETELAND Bjoernar1991NOR
 43 422278WINDINGSTAD Rasmus1993NOR
 42 202345SCHWAIGER Dominik1991GER
 41 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS
 40 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK
 38 422112PATRICKSSON Axel William1992NOR
 34 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA
 33 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT
 29 192506MISSILLIER Steve1984FRA
 28 990048BORSOTTI Giovanni1990ITA
 15 202437LUITZ Stefan1992GER
 10 294890NANI Roberto1988ITA
Did not finish 2nd run
 21 54031LEITINGER Roland1991AUT
 19 561244KRANJEC Zan1992SLO
 16 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI
Did not finish 1st run
 60 151060PAULUS Daniel1994CZE
 59 30149SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier1980ARG
 56 304242NARITA Hideyuki1993JPN
 50 100558COOK Dustin1989CAN
 44 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK
 39 934568RUBIE Brennan1991USA
 35 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE
 32 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR
 30 51159NOESIG Christoph1985AUT
 25 501324OLSSON Matts1988SWE