SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM, Austria (AP) — Vincent Kriechmayr ended his two-year-long victory drought in men’s World Cup downhills by winning Saturday, three weeks after he took the world title in the discipline.
Wearing bib No. 1, the Austrian opened the race on the Schneekristall course with a near-flawless run.
Kriechmayr found the fastest line coming out of the start gate, as most of his rivals were already a few tenths of a second behind at the first split.
Beat Feuz, who leads the downhill season standings, came closest but the Swiss skier finished 0.17 off the lead.
“I think we can congratulate Beat. He is an extremely consistent downhiller. He’s not going to give this away,” said Mayer, who was the 2014 Olympic champion.
Feuz can become the second skier to earn the downhill globe in four straight seasons. Only Austrian great Franz Klammer managed that feat once, in the 1970s.
Dominik Paris, who won the last World Cup downhill before the worlds, trailed by 0.42 in fourth. The Italian led Kriechmayr by 0.07 seconds in Friday’s downhill until that race was stopped after nine starters because of fog and snowfall.
The weather improved overnight and conditions were perfect for Saturday’s race.
A super-G on Sunday will conclude the race weekend at the Austrian resort, which will host the worlds in 2025.
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