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Cuche wins Chamonix downhill

Cuche wins Chamonix downhill

Didier Cuche of Switzerland won the Chamonix downhill for the first time on Saturday for his second World Cup win this season.
A week after taming the technically demanding Streif course in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Cuche showed his versatility on a course favoring gliding abilities to win the ninth World Cup downhill of his career.
In perfect race conditions, Cuche clocked 1 minute, 58.91 seconds down the 3.37-kilometer (2.09-mile) Verte course, with Dominik Paris of Italy 0.67 back.
The Swiss veteran became the oldest man to win a World Cup race last week by claiming the Kitzbuehel downhill at the age of 36.
Cuche's only podium in Chamonix was in 2008, when he finished second behind American winner Marco Sullivan.
The race was interrupted for about 30 minutes after Canadian skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis crashed heavily and was airlifted to a hospital. The 26-year-old Osborne-Paradis' condition was not immediately known.
Osborne-Paradis lost his balance after one of his skis got caught on the Verte Course and he flew into the safety net.
The World Cup has been marred by serious crashes this month. Mario Scheiber broke his right shoulder blade and fractured his sinuses during training this week, while Hans Grugger of Austria needed emergency brain surgery after crashing in Kitzbuehel last week and is still hospitalized.
Another Austrian, Georg Streitberger, also fell on the Verte but didn't appear seriously injured.
The 21-year-old Paris was the first starter and had a nearly flawless run to claim his first podium finish. Paris had never finished in the top 10 in a World Cup race before.
Austrian Klaus Kroell was third, 0.88 seconds adrift.
Overall World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished 2.25 seconds back in 28th place.
"I lost time constantly," Kostelic said. "I'm a bit surprised with my time because I didn't make any big mistake. Maybe it was a problem with my skis."
A super-combined is scheduled on Sunday in the French Alps resort.


Updated : 2021-03-06 23:42 GMT+08:00