Descent of Crans Montana: Victory of Gott and Brignone in sixth place

Ticino team collects success no. 45. Pirovano is fourth ahead of Passino and Brignone

With World Cup leader Sofia Goggia out for the whole season after collapsing in training and breaking her right leg, Crans Montana champion Lara Gut. The Ticino woman returns to downhill success after two years and expands her position in the World Cup rankings. In a shortened version of the race, the Ticino rider proved unbeatable on the more technical lanes and left the Fleury-Hitter duo behind, sharing second place with a margin of 21/100. At the bottom of the podium, the Italians shine: Laura Pirovano in fourth place with 30/100, then Marta Passino (fifth with 38/100) and Federica Brignoni (sixth with 46/100).

Race

The first surprise came before the start: mild temperatures forced organizers to move the finish line to the fourth-to-last gate. Gut built success with the perfect lines of sector two and victory no. 45 in the World Cup (seventh this season) is worth double. Overall World Cup lead: Now the points advantage over Shiffrin is 105 and there is still a downhill on Saturday and a Super-G on Sunday still up for grabs. The possibility of catching and overtaking Goggia at the top of the downhill standings, having already donned the red bibs of the giant slalom and super-G leader.

In Casa Italia, we look at the progress of Marta Passino, who only performed better in the downhill in Bansko in 2020 (second), in the new step forward from Laura Pirovano, who is still one step away from the podium. For Federica Brignone, who was already among the best in practice and loves this track, there is some regret at losing three tenths in the final stage. Nicole Delago also finished in the points (16th at 1″00, Teresa Runggalder 21st at 1″33).

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