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Herbst and Riesch score WC slalom victories

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  • Reinfried Herbst wins men's World Cup slalom in Adelboden in Switzerland
  • Benjamin Raich maintains overall World Cup lead despite finishing 11th
  • Maria Reisch of Germany claims fourth straight World Cup slalom victory
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(CNN) -- Austria's Reinfried Herbst upstaged favorites Jean-Baptiste Grange and compatriot Benjamin Raich to win the World Cup slalom in Abelboden in Switzerland on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Herbst scored his first win of the season as he held off fellow Austrian Manfred Pranger and Germany's Felix Neureuther.

France's Grange was unable to repeat the form which saw him win in Levi and Zagreb as he finished ninth, but retains the lead in the overall discipline standings.

Raich, so impressive in winning the giant slalom on Saturday, held second place after the opening leg of the slalom, but fell away to finish 11th.

He still leads the overall standings from Grange with Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway in third place.

Herbst produced a combined time of one minute 42.95 seconds to beat Pranger by 0.18 seconds and Neureuther by 0.32. It was his third World Cup success, all in slalom.

Maria Riesch of Germany continued her domination of the women's World Cup slalom season with her fourth straight win in the discipline with victory in Maribor in Slovenia.

Austria's Kathrin Zettel and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland in third completed the podium.

Riesch, who won by over a second, also increased her advantage at the top of the overall World Cup standings.

She has 729 points with Poutiainen on 644 and reigning champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States on 616. Vonn finished fifth in Maribor.

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