Marcel Hirscher holds off Ted Ligety, passes Austrian legend

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Ted Ligety finished second in a World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, on Sunday, improving from seventh place after the first of two runs, beaten only by Austrian Marcel Hirscher.

Hirscher, the three-time reigning World Cup overall champion, won by 1.45 seconds over two runs. Ligety, the Olympic giant slalom champion, was 1.33 behind after the first run and passed six men with the fourth-fastest second run. France’s Thomas Fanara was third, 1.48 back overall.

“I’m super happy because my training was definitely really bad,” Hirscher said a few minutes after crossing the finish line, pointing his index fingers in the air and slapping his chest. “Give me a second to get more breath.”

Hirscher won his 27th career World Cup race, moving into a tie for ninth on the all-time list. He passed Austrian legend Franz Klammer. The men’s record is 86 wins, held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark. The top Austrian is Hermann Maier, second to Stenmark with 54.

Those records might not be threatened by Hirscher, although he is just 25. Hirscher, who closed to within 70 points of World Cup overall leader Kjetil Jansrud on Sunday, has said he can’t imagine racing through to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ligety, 30, finished in the top two for a third straight World Cup giant slalom race after an uncharacteristic 10th-place showing in the season opener in Soelden, Austria. Ligety trails Hirscher by 74 points in the World Cup giant slalom standings through four of a scheduled eight races.

The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, on Monday.

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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