It was a French triumph in Italy.
Tessa Worley, 27, won her second straight World Cup giant slalom on Saturday in Sestriere, down the Turin Olympics course.
Charging after placing third in the opening run, she captured her 10th career giant slalom win to match the French record set by Carole Merle between 1988 and 1993.
Worley finished 0.15 seconds ahead of rising star Sofia Goggia, who missed a great opportunity to win a World Cup in her home country. However, it was her fourth podium result in six races – and three disciplines – this season.
Goggia made serious mistakes in each run but her attacking style kept her in contention and kept the partisan crowd on its feet.
Lara Gut of Switzerland finished third, 0.29 seconds behind Worley.
The defending overall World Cup champion benefited from a poor second-run performance by the American Mikaela Shiffrin, whose lead over Gut in the overall standings was cut to eight points.
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