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Downhill world champion Jasmine Flury led home a Swiss one-two in Val d’Isere to open her account for the World Cup season.

Flury was a surprise gold medallist in Meribel back in February, and the 30-year-old was still seeking a maiden downhill World Cup title, with her only previous win coming six years ago in super-G.

But it came in impressive fashion, as Flury beat compatriot Joana Haehlen, while Austria’s Cornelia Huetter completed the podium.

Flury was among the early starters but despite most of the favourites following her down the ‘OK’ course, nobody could catch her as she finished 0.22 seconds clear of Haehlen.

“After the World Championship, now to win also a World Cup race, it takes a little bit of pressure again off me and I’m just really happy,” she said.

“It was a wild run. It was really tricky, the slope was a little bit more bumpy than yesterday and I just tried to have a good pressure on the outside ski and go until the finish line.”

Mikaela Shiffrin was absent for the race, while World Cup downhill champion Sofia Goggia finished 0.44 seconds behind in fourth as she recovers from a cold.

The win takes Flury up to second in the downhill standings after two races, 17 points behind Goggia, while Shiffrin maintains a big lead in the overall, 163 points clear of Federica Brignone, who finished eighth.

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