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Slovenia's Jerman wins Bormio downhill

Slovenia's Jerman wins Bormio downhill

Andrej Jerman of Slovenia won the knee-jarring downhill on the Stelvio course Tuesday, and Mario Scheiber _ the Austrian who crossed second _ was disqualified for irregular ski boots.
Jerman clocked 2 minutes, 0.32 seconds for his second World Cup victory. Didier Defago of Switzerland finished second, 0.53 seconds back and pre-race favorite Michael Walchhofer of Austria was third, 1.03 behind.
Scheiber was 0.44 seconds behind Jerman but his ski boots were 1.52 millimeters (0.06 inches) too high.
A safety measure stipulates that skiers boots measure a maximum of 43 millimeters (1.69 inches) between the sole and the surface where the foot lies, while Scheiber's measured 44.52 millimeters (1.75 inches).
While he had never reached the podium here before, Jerman has always performed well in Bormio. He finished fourth three years ago and has now collected five top-10 finishes on the Stelvio.
Jerman also led Monday's final training session, and was second Sunday. His best previous finishes overall were a victory and a runner-up result in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, three seasons ago.
Defago won the two most prestigious downhills on the circuit last season, in Wengen, Switzerland, and Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Walchhofer won back-to-back downhills on consecutive days here three years ago and was fastest in the opening training session. This was the first downhill podium for the 1.92-meter (6-foot-4) Austrian this season, after one fourth- and two fifth-place finishes.
At 3.27 kilometers (2.03 miles), the Stelvio trails only Wengen, Switzerland, as the longest course on the circuit, but the constant bumps from top to bottom and shade virtually all the way down make it the toughest physical test on tour.
Bormio is also the only downhill where skiers can peer down from the start house and see the finish. However, overcast conditions Tuesday made the course difficult to see.
Carlo Janka of Switzerland finished 11th and regained the lead in the overall World Cup standings from Austrian rival Benjamin Raich, who is more of a technical specialist and skipped the race.
Janka leads with 577 points to Raich's 565.
Swiss veteran Didier Cuche placed fifth and retained his lead in the downhill ranks, 251-200 over Walchhofer.
Bode Miller also did not come to Bormio, choosing to spend the holidays with his daughter in San Diego, rest his sprained his ankle, and work on his fitness.
The top American finisher was Steven Nyman of Sundance, Utah, in 16th. Teammate Erik Fisher fell near the end of his run and slid to a stop before the safety netting. He got up without any apparent injuries.
Another American, Scott Macartney, did not start to rest his aching body.
Erik Guay of Canada missed a gate midway down.
After a break for New Year's, the men's circuit resumes Jan. 6 with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia.


Updated : 2021-07-28 22:18 GMT+08:00