Alexis Pinturault won the men's giant slalom in Adelboden for the second successive day ©Getty Images

France’s Alexis Pinturault celebrated successive men’s giant slalom victories in Adelboden, growing his overall World Cup lead.

Pinturault was seeking a third straight giant slalom win of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup season.

The French star had triumphed in Alta Badia at the end of 2020, before opening his account this year with victory yesterday.

Pinturault recorded the fastest times in both runs yesterday, but found himself in second place following today’s opening run in Switzerland.

He achieved a time of 1min 9.68sec, 0.30sec slower than Switzerland’s Loïc Meillard.

The deficit was overturned on the second run, as Pinturault achieved the fastest time of 1:08.68.

Pinturault's combined time of 2:18.36 saw the Frenchman celebrate wins on back-to-back days.

Yesterday’s top two was repeated as Croatia’s Filip Zubčić placed second on 2:19.62, while Meillard’s slower second run saw him drop to third on 2:20.01.

Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt placed fourth in 2:20.03.

Odermatt relinquishes his lead at the top of the men’s giant slalom World Cup standings and now lies 40 points behind Pinturault, who has a total of 440 from six races.

American Tommy Ford suffered a heavy crash and was airlifted to hospital, but race organisers reported that Ford was conscious and talking to medics.

Racing in Adelboden will conclude with the fourth slalom race of the season tomorrow.

Austria’s Manuel Feller currently leads the slalom standings.

In the overall FIS World Cup standings, Pinturault leads with 675 points - 115 more than his closest rival.