Max Franz wins World Cup downhill in Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Max Franz of Austria was the first racer on the course and his blistering time held up Saturday in the season-opening World Cup downhill.Franz finished in 1 minute, 46.18 seconds to hold off Christof Innerhofer of Italy by 0.28 seconds. Italy’s Dominik Paris was third, 0.54 seconds back.It was the second career World Cup win for the 29-year-old Franz. He also won a downhill race in Italy nearly two years ago.Swiss racer Beat Feuz wound up sixth. He earned the crystal globe trophy a season ago for leading the downhill standings.American Steven Nyman was 11th, a spot ahead of teammate Bryce Bennett.The Associated Press

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