Gut-Behrami wins second Garmisch super-G

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Switzeland's Lara Gut-Behrami after winning the women's World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Swiss racer Lara Gut-Behrami wrapped up a successful World Cup weekend in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with a second super-G victory on Monday.

Having already won an opening super-G on Saturday, the 29-year-old bagged a fourth career win on the Kandahar course after clocking 1min 17.37sec.

Her 30th victory on the World Cup circuit, 16 of them having come in super-G, was the perfect warm-up ahead of the February 8-21 world ski championships in the Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Slovakia's Petra Vlhova was an impressive second, at 0.28sec, to consolidate her spot atop the overall World Cup standings.

Vlhova has amassed 989 points, 42 ahead of Gut-Behrami, with another Swiss, Michelle Gisin, in third (807).

Gisin could only manage 11th in the super-G as Austrian Tamara Tippler (+0.74) rounded out the podium.

"The last two weeks have been really tough," Gut-Behrami told ARD television. "Like all the other skiers I've had to fight against fatigue.

"I'm now going to head home and enjoy home life with the family and for a week. I don't want to hear any more about skiing."

There was no Sofia Goggia at the startgate, however, the in-form Italian having suffered a season-ending knee injury after a fall on Sunday, while descending the slope after the scheduled super-G race was cancelled because of fog.

Another notable absentee was American Mikaela Shiffrin, the defending world super-G champion who opted to sit out these speed events to better prepare herself for Cortina.

Olympic champion Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who surprised the field to win super-G gold in Pyeongchang before going on to claim the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding, came in sixth.

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