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Strobl leads downhill training

Strobl leads downhill training

Fritz Strobl led a World Cup downhill training session on the Stelvio course for the ninth time Wednesday.
The Austrian went down the 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) course in 1 minute, 53.08 seconds. Michael Walchhofer of Austria was second, 0.16 seconds behind.
Didier Cuche, the Swiss skier who leads the downhill standings, was third, 0.17 back.
Two downhill races are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The first race was moved from Val d'Isere due to a lack of snow in the French resort.
Wednesday's session was the only training held before the races and the combined start was used due to thin snow cover at the usual start.
The Austrian men's team hasn't won for 13 races and these downhills could provides a good opportunity to end the streak. Austrians have won nine of the 14 World Cup downhills held on the Stelvio and swept the podium on six occasions.
"This has always been a downhill for Austrians, but all of the last seasons have also been for Austrians, so let's wait and see," said Strobl, who has only won once here _ in 2001 _ despite his consistently strong showing in training.
Hermann Maier, who won here in 1997 and 1998, was fourth in training.
Bode Miller, who won both the downhill and super-G on this course at last year's world championships, finished fifth after making a few errors _ but had the fastest split time.
Miller's American teammate, Steven Nyman, fell toward the end of his run but appeared uninjured. Nyman won the last downhill in Val Gardena for his first career victory and is second in the downhill standings.


Updated : 2021-07-27 16:43 GMT+08:00