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Cuche leads 2nd training on Streif downhill

Cuche leads 2nd training on Streif downhill

Didier Cuche of Switzerland led the second training session for a men's World Cup downhill on Wednesday, and overall champion Ivica Kostelic crashed into the safety nets but avoided injury.
The Croat caught a bump in a sharp left turn, lost balance on one ski and slid off course. He got up shortly afterward and skied down the course in his partly ripped suit.
Kostelic, who is 30 points behind leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria in the overall standings, quickly left the finish area without speaking to reporters.
Cuche, a four-time winner on the Streif course, timed 1 minute, 58.10 seconds to lead Klaus Kroell of Austria and Johan Clarey of France, who shared second, by 0.30.
"It's good to know I have control over the course," Cuche said. "I really got it right today."
Hannes Reichelt of Austria, who took second in Wengen, Switzerland, last Saturday, came 0.72 back in fifth, and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was 1.71 off the lead in 18th. Bode Miller of the United States was another 0.22 back in 20th.
Wengen champion Beat Feuz finished 2.34 seconds behind Cuche.
The training took place under a blue sky and lots of sunshine, but a weather change with rain and snow has been predicted for Thursday, putting a third and final training session in doubt.
"I am fine. I don't need another practice run," said Kroell, who had been fastest in Tuesday's training. "For most of the course, I've found the right line."
The possible change of weather means racers might have to prepare for different conditions for the race on Saturday, world downhill silver medalist Christof Innerhofer said.
"Today I wasn't pushing too hard," the Italian said. "It doesn't make sense to take risks now as the course on Saturday could be really different from what it is now."
Andrew Weibrecht, who was the fastest American in 19th, praised the course and hoped the weather was not going to affect the outcome of the race.
"The surface is pretty consistent top to bottom," Weibrecht said. "The snow is hard enough underneath. But if we get any snow or it's raining, it's still going to be hard. Hopefully the race is fair, the weather not coming in and out ... But it's an outdoor sport, we're pretty used to that."
The start of training was delayed for more than 20 minutes after a forerunner crashed and had to be airlifted to the hospital with a knee dislocation.
The 72nd edition of the Hahnenkamm races also consists of a super-G on Friday and a slalom on Sunday, while downhill and slalom results will be added to count as a combined event.


Updated : 2021-10-24 19:49 GMT+08:00