November 24, 2018 / 10:10 PM / 16 days ago

Alpine skiing - Franz wins opening World Cup downhill in Lake Louise

Nov 24, 2018; Lake Louise, Alberta, CAN; Max Franz of Austria in the men's downhill race during the 2018 Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Austria’s Max Franz won the opening downhill of the World Cup season ahead of Italians Christof Innerhofer and Dominik Paris in Lake Louise, Canada on Saturday.

Franz secured only his second World Cup victory in one minute, 46.18 seconds. He also won in Val Gardena, Italy in 2016.

Innerhofer was 0.28 seconds adrift with Paris third, 0.54 seconds behind Franz.

Swiss World Cup downhill champion Beat Feuz finished sixth in 1:46.85 with Olympic gold medallist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway tying for eighth.

The competition continues on Sunday with a super-G.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond

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