01/06/2014 10:15 EST | Updated 03/08/2014 05:59 EST

Marcel Hirscher holds a slim 0.01 second lead over Felix Neureuther in Bormio evening slalom

BORMIO, Italy - Defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher held a narrow lead over German rival Felix Neureuther after the opening run of an evening slalom on Monday.

Seeking his fourth win of the season, Hirscher clocked 1 minute, 0.25 seconds down the Stelvio course. Neureuther finished 0.01 seconds behind and Mattias Hargin of Sweden was third, 0.13 behind.

The first run was held at twilight, with the second to be raced under the lights.

The race was moved from Zagreb due to a lack of snow in Croatia.

The course was about five seconds longer than most slaloms, and Hirscher gained a huge chunk of time on the last gates of a steep finishing pitch.