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Mathieu Faivre claimed his second gold at the Alpine skiing world championships when he proved a surprise giant slalom winner after other favourites failed to finish.

Faivre rose from fourth after the first run to the top of the podium on Friday, three days after winning the parallel giant slalom.

He is the first French winner of the race at an official world championships in 55 years since Guy Perillat in 1966.

Jean-Claude Killy then also won in 1968, with that Olympic race also counting as a world championship.

Faivre clocked a combined total of 2 minutes 37.35 seconds in sunny Cortina with Luca di Aliprandini a surprise silver medallist for hosts Italy in his first podium of any kind at the top level, 0.63 sec back.

Marco Schwarz added bronze to alpine combined gold, another 0.24 behind, for Austria’s 300th medal overall at the worlds.

Alexis Pinturault, the winner of the last three World Cup giant slaloms, led the way after the first run but crashed out early in the second run, just like third-placed German Alexander Schmid, to help ease the path for Faivre.

“The parallel gold was fantastic but this one tastes as good,” said Faivre whose only career World Cup win came more than four years ago in a giant slalom.

“It is hard to believe what is happening. Alexis going out – so it is difficult at first to enjoy it.

“But I am proud of my performance. I just tried to attack but also made mistakes.”

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