Giovanni Auletta, Associated Press
Croatia's Ivica Kostelic competes during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Alta Badia, Italy, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

ALTA BADIA, Italy — Austrian technical specialist Marcel Hirscher held on to his first-run lead to easily win his second World Cup slalom Monday.

Hirscher completed the Gran Risa course in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 47.16 seconds. Olympic slalom champion Giuliano Razzoli finished second, a distant 0.56 seconds behind, and Felix Neureuther of Germany was third, 0.60 back.

Defending overall World Cup champion Ivica Kostelic was second after the opening run but finished fifth after losing a big chunk of time on the flat finishing section in his second leg as the sun warmed the course and slowed the racers.

The men's circuit now moves to retired Austrian great Hermann Maier's old town of Flachau for a night slalom Wednesday.