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France's Sandrine Aubert takes Zagreb slalom

Sandrine Aubert of France clinched her second World Cup victory this season with a win in the women's slalom in Zagreb, boosting French hopes of medals at next month's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


AFP - French skiier Sandrine Aubert won her second World Cup race of the season here on Sunday as she won the women's slalom for her fourth career victory in the discipline.

The 27-year-old, who was fourth after the first leg, beat home Austrian Kathrin Zettel by 43 hundreths of a second while Germany's Susanne Riesch was third, 74 hundreths of a second adrift for her second ever podium position.

Zettel had led after the first leg ahead of compatriot Marlies Schild but whilst the latter crashed out on the second run the former had to be content with her sixth podium placing of the campaign.

Victory for Aubert, who won in the Swedish resort of Are and then finished second in Linz in Austria last Tuesday, saw her move to the top of the slalom standings.

"Its like that this sport," said Aubert.

"There are good and bad days. Certain among us had the luck today (Sunday) others didn't.

"As the leaders were coming down on the second leg, I thought I was going to win," added Aubert, who collected a 50,000 euros cheque for the win which is the richest prize on offer on the circuit.

Germany's Maria Riesch - older sister of Susanne - went top of the overall World Cup standings after finishing fourth at the expense of American Lindsey Vonn, who was disqualified.


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