Switzerland's Meillard wins Schladming giant slalom

Loic Meillard led a Swiss 1-2 as he claimed victory in the men's World Cup giant slalom in the Austrian resort of Schladming on Wednesday.

Meillard clocked the fastest first leg and held his nerve on the second run under floodlights for a winning aggregate of 2min 18.77sec.

His teammate Gino Caviezel was second, at 0.59sec, while Austria's Marco Schwarz rounded out the podium (+0.81).

Olympic champion Marco Odermatt, currently the leader in the World Cup overall standings, did not take part, the Swiss star preferring to rest a knee injured in Kitzbuehel's first downhill last Friday.

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