Kriechmayr edges Swiss favorite Feuz to win WCup downhill

Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr celebrates during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Marc

Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr celebrates during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Marc

Switzerland's Beat Feuz competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Fa

Switzerland's Beat Feuz competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Fa

Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde celebrates at the finish area of an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2

Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde celebrates at the finish area of an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2

The Patrouille Suisse, an aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force, flies ahead of an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Wengen, Switzerland, Satur

The Patrouille Suisse, an aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force, flies ahead of an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Wengen, Switzerland, Satur

United States' Steven Nyman competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Shinich

United States' Steven Nyman competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Shinich

WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Vincent Kriechmayr found the special run it takes to beat Beat Feuz in Switzerland and won a World Cup downhill on Saturday.

Austria's Kriechmayr was 0.14 seconds faster than Feuz, finishing in 2 minutes, 28.36 seconds — the longest World Cup race.

Feuz, the pre-race favorite, had won each downhill in Switzerland for three years, including the 2017 world title and this classic Lauberhorn race last year.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was third, 0.26 behind, after leading Kriechmayr by 0.01 at the final time split. That pushed Kilde's Norway teammate Aksel Lund Svindal into fourth.

Bryce Bennett of the United States extended his consistent run in fifth place, 0.63 back.

The result was unofficial as lower-ranker racers completed the 4.27-kilometer (2-2/3 mile) course.

Switzerland's signature Alpine ski race was run under perfect blue skies.

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