The four pass for Gut-Behrami

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On home soil, Lara Gut-Behrami, currently untouchable, scored her fourth victory in a row (the 7th of her season), Friday on the first Crans-Montana descent of the weekend. The 32-year-old Swiss champion, already at the top of the general classification, is taking advantage of the new absence of Mikaela Shiffrin to take off in the general classification of the World Cup.

The weekend in Crans-Montana was announced before time as that of Lara Gut-Behrami (32 years old), currently in the form of her life. The Swiss went in the direction of the forecasters by dominating with all her class the first descent of the weekend on the program in the canton of Valais. Another tone above everyone on this shortened course and in difficult snow conditions, including the Austrian Cornelia Hütter and her compatriot Jasmine Fleury, who shared second place, 21 hundredths behind the best skier. At the moment, the huge favorite of these two meetings on the Mont-Lachaux track, who could not have started this weekend of speed better, made an impression from the first descent.

On home soil, the current leader of the general classification of the World Cup has at the same time returned to success in the specialty. “LGB” had indeed been chasing another downhill victory for two years. The Ticino woman had no longer had the pleasure of raising her arms on the highest step of the podium after a descent since a demonstration already, at Altenmarkt in January 2022. At the time, Gut-Behrami had not yet become l hurricane that is currently sweeping away everything in its path. Friday, on home soil, where the French Laura Gauche and Romane Miradoli were satisfied with 14th and 19th places respectively, the Beijing Olympic champion in the super-G thus continued her impressive series by signing a fourth victory in a row.

Big globe and small globe in sight for Gut-Behrami

And already the seventh this season (two in super-G, two in giant and therefore one in downhill now) – the 44th in the World Cup since its debut – for the one who sees a big globe coming closer and closer that is fleeing her since 2016, the last and at the same time only year which saw the wife of former footballer Valon Behrami finish in first place in the final general ranking. Eight years later, Gut-Behrami, who essentially made the difference at the top of the route on Friday, seems on the verge of winning again. Already leader before this first descent of Crans-Montana, the native of Sorengo took advantage of this new victory in the absence of her two great rivals Petra Vlhova (season ended) and Mikaela Shiffrin (whose return is planned for Are next month ) to soar in the rankings, now 105 points ahead of the American.

Gut-Behrami also performed very well in the downhill rankings. Still second, she is nevertheless 41 points behind Sofia Goggia, whose season is also already over. She will therefore pass the Italian on Saturday if she wins again. Big globe, small globe (from the downhill, which she never won), the Swiss, who with this seventh success of the season equals her 2014 performance, could win everything this winter. This weekend too, knowing that a super-G will await Sunday on these same slopes Gut-Behrami and its rivals. If she still has any.



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