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Alexis Pinturault posted the fastest time in the opening run of the men’s giant slalom at the skiing world championships.

The Frenchman led Luca De Aliprandini of Italy by 0.40 seconds.

Alexander Schmid of Germany in third place and Pinturault’s teammate Mathieu Faivre in fourth were the only other skiers to finish within 1.25 of the lead.

The lone representative for the U.S., River Radamus, sits in ninth.

Defending champion Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway had 2.32 to make up in the final run.

Pinturault won the last three giant slaloms on the World Cup circuit.

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