Max Franz wins World Cup downhill in Lake Louise

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25 Nov 2018, 04:05 IST
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LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Being the primary one to take the course, Max Franz had no concept if his run was notably quick or podium worthy.

The Austrian racer watched and watched as racers tried to match his time. Nobody did.

Main off, Franz turned in a blistering time Saturday to win the season-opening World Cup downhill. Franz completed in 1 minute, 46.18 seconds to carry off Christof Innerhofer of Italy by 0.28 seconds. Italy’s Dominik Paris was third, 0.54 seconds again.

“I had a very good run. However I made slightly little bit of a mistake,” Franz stated. “It appears prefer it was a superb line.”

Franz stated the climate barely modified, with the wind choosing up close to the highest of the course.

“I had the luck on my facet immediately,” he stated. “It is a actually nice day.”

This was the second profession World Cup win for the 29-year-old Franz. He additionally received a downhill race in Italy almost two years in the past.

Franz started to consider his run was ok to earn a spot on the rostrum after Swiss racer Beat Feuz wound up sixth. Feuz earned the crystal globe trophy a season in the past for main the downhill standings.

In latest weeks, Franz has been coping with a knee concern. Coming into Lake Louise, he was not sure how it will maintain up. However the first coaching run gave him confidence the knee was wonderful. The second coaching run offered slightly extra reassurance that he might push much more.

“My snowboarding appears fairly good,” Franz stated.

Innerhofer knew he had the pace to be on the rostrum after turning within the prime time throughout Wednesday’s coaching session. Racing second, Innerhofer was on tempo to prime Franz earlier than dropping time close to the underside.

“I knew my run was not unhealthy and hoped for top-10,” Innerhofer stated. “Everybody says I am the world champion within the coaching runs. Now I say it is time to go up within the race, too.”

American Steven Nyman completed 11th, a spot forward of teammate Bryce Bennett.

A brilliant-G is ready for Sunday earlier than the boys head to Beaver Creek, Colorado, for super-G, downhill and large slalom races.

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