Klaus Kroell beat Bode Miller of the U.S. by 0.01 of a second to give Austria its first World Cup downhill victory of the season.
Kroell posted a time of 2 minutes, 04.22 seconds in Chamonix, France. Switzerland’s Didier Cuche, who’d won the past two downhills, was third as the top five finishers were separated by just 0.08 seconds.
“It was so, so tight in the finish,” Kroell on the World Cup website. “In the end, I was the lucky one.”
It was Kroell’s fourth career victory and first since the downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, in January of last year. It moved him into second place in the downhill season standings, 40 points behind Cuche.
The race was the first of two downhills scheduled for Chamonix this weekend and replaced the race canceled in Val Gardena-Groeden, Italy, in December. The regularly-scheduled downhill is tomorrow, followed by a super-combined race in two days.
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