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Stechert edges Vonn in women's downhill

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  • Gina Stechert of Germany claims her first-ever World Cup success at Tarvisio
  • The 21-year-old edges World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn in women's downhill
  • Swiss veteran Didier Cuche victorious in the men's giant slalom at Sestrieres
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(CNN) -- Gina Stechert of Germany claimed her first-ever World Cup success after edging American Lindsey Vonn by just one-hundredth of a second in Saturday's women's downhill at Tarvisio in Italy.

Stechert edged Lindsey Vonn to claim her first-ever World Cup success at Tarvisio.

Stechert edged Lindsey Vonn to claim her first-ever World Cup success at Tarvisio.

The 21-year-old clocked a time of one minute 59.94 seconds to edge overall World Cup leader Vonn, with Sweden's Anja Paerson back in third.

Stechert's previous best result had been a fourth-placed finish in the downhill at Lake Louise, Canada in December.

Meanwhile, Vonn increased her lead in the overall standings with 1,274 points. Maria Riesch, who finished 10th on Saturday, is second on 1,061 points with Paerson back in third on 960.

Elsewhere, Didier Cuche captured the men's giant slalom at Sestrieres ahead of Austrian pair Stephan Goergl and Benjamin Raich.

Swiss Cuche, 34, opened his World Cup account for the season in a time of two minutes 49.57 seconds, adding victory to his recent gold medal in the Super-G at the world championships at Val d'Isere.

Ivica Kostelic finished 11th to remain ahead in the overall standings. The Croatian is on 766 points ahead of Raich on 740 and Jean-Baptiste Grange of France on 726 points.

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