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Defago comes second in super-G

Swiss skier Didier Defago has come second in a World Cup super-G that opened a weekend of four World Cup races in the Italian Dolomites.

Werner Heel of Italy came first, benefiting from an early start number. He covered the 2.365-kilometre Saslong course in 1 minute, 35.04 seconds.

Defago crossed the line 0.43 seconds behind, and Patrik Jaerbyn of Sweden was another 0.02 seconds back in third.

The results were affected by a headwind that slowed down the later starters, including several pre-race favourites.

Switzerland’s Ambrosi Hoffmann missed out on a podium place by two-hundredths of a second and Didier Cuche came tenth.

The classic Val Gardena downhill is scheduled for Saturday before the circuit moves to nearby Alta Badia for a giant slalom on Sunday and slalom on Monday.

Elsewhere in the Alps on Friday Fabienne Suter came third in a ladies World Cup super-combined event.

Sweden’s Anja Paerson won after defending her lead from the super-G race by posting the second-best time in the slalom in St Moritz.

Austria’s Nicole Hosp had the best slalom time to finish second, 1.12 seconds behind, climbing from 17th place after the super-G. Seventeen-year-old Swiss prodigy Lara Gut came fifth overall.

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