Ligety, Hirscher trail Fanara in giant slalom

GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer Published:

ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) -- Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher trailed Thomas Fanara of France after the first run of a World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.

Fanara, wearing bib No. 1, took advantage of the best snow conditions on a sunny, warm day and timed 1 minute, 16.14 seconds, 0.69 faster than teammate Alexis Pinturault.

Ligety of the United States trailed Fanara by 0.89 in third. Austria's Hirscher was fourth, with 0.90 to make up in the second run.

Ligety and Hirscher have combined to win all four GS races this season.

"Sure, it was an advantage to go before. After that, I think I had a complete run," said the 32-year-old Fanara, who has never won a World Cup race.

He'll now start last in the afternoon, which is not always best at Adelboden where the sun disappears early behind the mountains.

"The track falls a little bit into the shadows," Fanara said. "But that's the game and I accept it."

Ligety cited two "really big mistakes" in his run on an unpredictable surface.

"The snow is just really weird," said Ligety, who won this race last year. "It kind of pops you out in places and then is really peely and hard to get anything established in other places. But I'm in an OK position."

Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was 1.82 back in ninth.

Bode Miller of the U.S. skied out midway when he lost balance in the softening snow with temperatures at 6 C (43 F).

After nearly colliding with a course worker who strayed on the track, Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was given a second start. He placed 21st, 3.08 back.

While France placed seven racers in the top 30 for the second run, host Switzerland had just one.

Carlo Janka, the Olympic champion in giant slalom, was 26th fastest, trailing 3.86 behind Fanara.