Downhill victory and leadership in the overall World Cup

Downhill victory and leadership in the overall World Cup

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Lara Gut-Behrami rushes from victory to victory. The Ticino double world champion wins the first downhill in Val di Fassa and also takes the lead in the overall World Cup. Corinne Suter is third.

Lara Gut-Behrami is still in enviable shape. The Ticino woman wins the first of two World Cup runs in Val di Fassa with two hundredths ahead of the Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer.

For once, she rather made the difference in the glider passages, said Gut-Behrami, most recently world champion in super-G and giant slalom as well as third in the downhill world championship in nearby Cortina d’Ampezzo. “On the other hand, the (technical) part, which is actually best for me, was not so good for once,” said the 29-year-old in an interview with SRF.

Gut-Behramis 31st World Cup victory

After her 31st World Cup triumph, the fifth this season after four Super G victories, Gut-Behrami is also the new leader in the overall World Cup. In the battle for the big crystal ball, which she won once in 2016, her lead over the Slovakian Petra Vlhova is 29 points with ten races still outstanding.

Corinne Suter also drove strongly in the very first World Cup races in Val di Fassa. The downhill world champion lost 0.26 seconds in third place on Gut-Behrami and held her own in the race to win the discipline in the downhill.

Suter still 150 points behind Goggia

With her fifth World Cup podium of the winter, Suter shortened the gap to the injured Italian Sofia Goggia to 150 points. One descent is still outstanding on Saturday in Val di Fassa and at the World Cup final in Lenzerheide in mid-March. Gut-Behrami also has theoretical chances for the downhill crystal ball, 197 points behind.

Third best Swiss woman in Trentino on Friday was Michelle Gisin. The Obwaldnerin classified ex-aequo with Vlhova in 9th place. For Jasmine Flury from Graubünden, she finished 14th, 1.33 seconds behind. Joana Hehlen (18th) and Priska Nufer (20th) also stayed in the top 20.


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