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Alpine Skiing

And just like that, Marco Odermatt is back in the World Cup race

The Swiss alpine ski racer reduced the gap to Alexis Pinturault in the Giant Slalom title chase with a stunning afternoon run to secure second place in Bansko, Bulgaria.
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Marco Odermatt finished second in Sunday's FIS World Cup giant slalom race down a tricky Bansko course in Bulgaria to cut into Alexis Pinturault's overall and Giant Slalom (GS) title leads.
Pinturault came into the weekend off the back of a disappointing FIS World Championship giant slalom last week in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, when he skied out on the second run after building up an impressive first-run lead.
The Frenchman hit back to finish fourth in Saturday's giant slalom behind Croatian winner Filip Zubcic, with Odermatt placing fifth to lose 10 points to Pinturault in the overall and GS title races.
Marco Odermatt competes during Hahnenkamm Rennen in Kitzbühel, Austria on January 21, 2021
Odermatt is still in the hunt for the 2021 overall title
Sunday, though, saw the skiers reversed with Odermatt struggling to get to grips with the difficult surface in the first run down in sixth before putting it all together to post a leading time in the second.
Pinturault made a mistake in the first half of the second run and was lucky not to ski out, however, got back on track to finish just behind Odermatt with Loïc Meillard and France's Mathieu Faivre left to ski.
Switzerland's Meillard couldn't get going in his second run to end up seventh, but double FIS World Championship gold medallist Faivre maintained his brilliant form to secure the race victory by 0.75s.
With Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen bouncing back from a poor first run to finish ninth, Odermatt took 20 points out of Pinturault in the GS title race to stand just 25 points back with two races left.
In the FIS World Cup overall race, Pinturault now holds a 210-point lead over Odermatt with Meillard in fourth place and Kristoffersen seventh as the season moves into the final three weeks.
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