Ninth title for Zoggeler in Cesana
Double Olympic champion Armin Zoggeler secured his ninth overall Luge World Cup title with his fourth win of the season in Cesana.
On the track he won his second consecutive Olympic gold four years ago, the Italian's victory never looked in doubt as he set the fastest first run of 51.611 seconds before extending his lead to finish in 1:43.115 minutes.
Germany's double world champion Felix Loch claimed his third podium position of the season, 0.319 back in second while another German, Johannes Ludwig - who failed to qualify for his nation's Olympic squad - was another 0.059 back in third.
But the Italian crowd had come to see Zoggeler as he captured his 49th World Cup win and to move one behind Austrian Markus Prock's record of ten overall World Cup titles.
The 35-year old eventually finished on 705 with Russia's Albert Dmetchenko second on 534 and Loch third on 484.
Zoggeler will compete for his hat-trick of consecutive Olympic titles on February 13 and 14 in Vancouver.