Italy’s Nadia Fanchini upstaged Lindsey Vonn to provide a home winner in the women’s alpine skiing World Cup downhill at La Thuile on Saturday.
The American’s second place, however, was good enough for her to regain the World Cup overall lead ahead of rival Lara Gut, who endured a disappointing day as she tied for 11th place.
This win sees Vonn stretch her advantage to 173 points in the downhill cup standings with one race remaining on the calendar.
It was just the second World Cup victory in the career of Fanchini, the first coming in a super-G at Lake Louise in 2008.
Third place on the podium went to another Italian, Daniela Merighetti while Larisa Yurkiw and America’s Laurenne Ross finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Sunday sees the women contest a super-G at La Thuile with Italian skiers looking to win again following on Fanchini’s success and Vonn out to increase her lead over Gut as she chases another overall World Cup crystal globe.