Nadia Fanchini wins World Cup downhill

Nadia Fanchini upstaged Lindsey Vonn and Lara Gut to provide a home winner in the women’s alpine skiing World Cup downhill at La Thuile on Saturday.

The Italian set the standard early skiing ninth and was able to sit back and watch the two top skiers of the season try to match her.

Gut, who won an opening World Cup downhill on Friday, was well off the pace of 1min 24.80secs set on a course shortened due to strong winds on the upper section of the piste.

Vonn followed the Swiss skier and although she got close to taking her 77th World Cup win she came up fractionally 00.14secs short.

The American’s second place, however, was good enough for her to regain the World Cup overall lead ahead of arch-rival Gut, who tied for 11th place. She now has 1140 points giving her a lead of 43 points over Gut.

Third place on the podium went to another Italian, Daniela Merighetti, at 00.72secs off the pace.

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