Grange wins slalom, Kostelic bags combined


KITZBUEHEL – Jean-Baptiste Grange of France won the men’s slalom on Sunday ahead of World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic but the Croat’s second place was enough to see him bag the combined crown. Grange, sitting in fourth after the first run, turned on the style in the second, clocking an aggregate of 1min 40.93sec to finish 0.28sec ahead of Kostelic, with Italian Olympic champion Giuliano Razzoli in third at 0.69sec.
It was the 26-year-old Frenchman’s eighth career victory on the World Cup circuit and his second in Kitbuehel after his 2008 win. Kostelic’s classic combined title came after his 11th position in Saturday’s downhill, the event taking into account the best times of those racers who enter the slalom and downhill. It was the 31-year-old’s sixth victory in 11 events in January and his 17th World Cup title, consolidating his lead atop the overall World Cup standings on 1,030 points.
Switzerland’s Silvan Zurbriggen leapfrogged Aksel Lund Svindal into second after the Norwegian bombed out on the first slalom run. Kostelic, Olympic silver medallist in the discipline, had topped the first run of the slalom but American Bode Miller, his main rival for the combined title, crashed out.