Nef triumphs in Sestrières
Switzerland's Sonja Nef has won the women's giant slalom world cup race in the Italian resort of Sestrières.
After finishing her first run in second place, Nef used her second run to edge ahead of Sweden's Anja Pärson, winning the race by less than three tenths of a second.
The win was Nef's second of the new season, and the sixth World Cup victory of her career. The 28-year-old Swiss skier has been particularly successful in Sestrières, where she has now won three races.
Austria's defending World Cup champion Renate Götschl took third place in Tuesday's race.
While Nef celebrated, her Swiss teammates had less cause to cheer. Karin Roten-Meier, Corinne Rey-Bellet and Lilian Kummer all failed to qualify for the second run.
In Tuesday's men's slalom Switzerland's Michael von Grünigen was unable to match Nef's heroics. The 31-year-old finished in 13th place, almost two seconds behind Austria's Mario Matt. Heinz Schilchegger and Rainer Schönfelder completed an all-Austrian line-up on the podium.
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