Lizeroux clinches slalom win

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia  - Julien Lizeroux of France clinched the men's World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on Sunday.

Lizeroux posted a combined time of 1 minute 40.11 seconds to edge Italy's Giuliano Razzoli, who led after the first run, by 0.34 seconds.

Germany's Felix Neureuther was third, 0.56 seconds behind Lizeroux, with Benjamin Raich of Austria fourth.

It was a second World Cup career win for 29-year-old Lizeroux, the world championship silver medallist in super-combined, who was slalom winner in Kitzbuehel, Austria on January 25.

"It's always harder winning your second race so I am all the happier," said Lizeroux, who was lying fourth after the first run.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished 11th to retain a narrow lead in the overall standings, on 837 points, with Raich improving to 835 and Jean-Baptiste Grange of France, who made a costly mistake on the second run, on 777.

Grange (481) keeps the lead in the slalom standings, ahead of Kostelic (432) and Manfred Pranger of Austria (389) before the last slalom of the season, in Are, Sweden on March 14. dpa