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Zacher and Bischofberger win to top the ski-cross World Cup standings

Zacher and Bischofberger win to top the ski-cross World Cup standings
By Sportsbeat

21/12/2017 at 17:29Updated 21/12/2017 at 18:17

Heidi Zacher and Marc Bischofberger both took their maiden ski-cross World Cup wins of the season to head to the top of the standings.

Germany's Zacher took the women's race in Innichen, Italy, ahead of Canada's Georgia Simmerling and Sweden's Sandra Naeslund.

France's Alizee Baron was the only skier in the big final to miss out on a medal as Naeslund's bronze was enough for Zacher to leapfrog her in the ski-cross World Cup standings.

Zacher was fourth at the first intermediate time check, but had powered herself into second place by the second check and overtook Simmerling in the closing stages to take the win.

Naeslund had won the first two races of the season and took third in Montafon, last week, with a second consecutive third place seeing Zacher jump ahead of her by just 20 points.

Zacher, on 340, now also holds a 145-point lead over third place Simmerling, as well as topping the overall freestyle skiing World Cup with 68 points, ahead of Naeslund on 64.

In the men's event Switzerland's Bischofberger led from the front in the big final, with an Austrian double following over the finish line in second and third.

Christoph Wahrstoetter took the silver, with Thomas Zangerl overtaking Canada's Mathieu Leduc in the closing stages to take bronze.

That win puts Bischofberger on 202 points in the ski-cross standings, 28 ahead of Russia's Sergey Ridzik, while he leads Mikael Kingsbury by just 0.40 points in the overall freestyle World Cup with his tally of 40.40.

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