Updated: Sunday, 26 January 2014 22:47 | By Agence France-Presse

Defago edges Miller in Kitzbuehel super-G

Switzerland's Olympic downhill champion Didier Defago rained on American Bode Miller's parade with an unexpected victory in the men's World Cup super-G race on Sunday.


Defago edges Miller in Kitzbuehel super-G

Swiss Didier Defago reacts in the finish area during the FIS men's Alpine ski World Cup Super G in Kitzbuehel on January 26, 2014 - by Samuel Kubani

Defago and Miller are both 36 years old, the Swiss racer older by 10 days, and are two of only three of the 85-strong field born in the 1970s, the other being Croatia's Ivica Kostelic.

Their experience showed on the Streif course on the Hahnenkamm mountain in the glitzy resort of Kitzbuehel, Miller laying down the lead time from bib number 23.

But his celebrations didn't last long, as next runner Defago used all his downhill expertise to nail a fast bottom section to clinch an unlikely win on a piste where he won the downhill in 2009.

Defago, who is set to compete in his fourth Winter Games in Sochi next month, timed 1min 10.38sec to edge out Miller, bound for his fifth Games, by five hundredths of a second.

The victory was just Defago's fifth on the World Cup circuit and just his second in the super-G, his previous win coming in Val Gardena way back in 2003.

"It's really special to be standing up here again, as I really like this race track," said Defago.

"I had a good feeling coming down but didn't think I'd be ahead. I made no mistakes today after having made one in the downhill that left me a little upset."

Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal's rewarding weekend continued as he further extended his lead in the overall World Cup standings by finishing equal third in the super-G.

The 31-year-old defending Olympic champion in the discipline was 0.15sec off Defago's pace along with Austrian Max Franz.

"To make the winners' podium twice in Kitzbuehel is really very satisfying," admitted Svindal.

One bonus for Miller is that Defago will not be taking in the night slalom, with the result from that and the super-G being totalled for a super-combined title.

Miller admitted he had been left massively disappointed at his showing in Saturday's downhill, when he eventually finished third behind winner Hannes Reichelt of Austria and second-placed Svindal.

"I always love coming to Kitzbuehel," he said. "I like to be on top of the podium but these guys just keep knocking me off.

"I'll always keep trying, however. I didn't leave anything out there. I skied really well. Second place is fine, both results are fine, I'm just much happier with skiing today.

"I was very angry with the way I skied yesterday and not winning. I sucked it up pretty bad yesterday in my mind, and the result's okay, third place."

Miller added that he thought he was in the right place after coming back from a year out following knee surgery.

"My fitness is good, the skis are coming around. It took us longer than I thought to get all the different variables figured out," the reigning Olympic super-combined champion said.

"This year hasn't been easy with the weather and training environment, so to have time to get testing done has been really tough.

"We're coming around at the right time for the Olympics, it's disappointing to be this far into the season and not have any wins yet, but I think we're making the right progress."

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