SAALBACH -Austria’s world champion Vincent Kriechmayr won the World Cup downhill in Saalbach on Saturday, seeing off Beat Feuz who edged closer to a fourth successive small crystal globe. Kriechmayr took gold in the downhill and super-G at last month’s world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo and the 29-year-old continued that run of form in the sunshine as he clocked a run of 1min 53.07secs, edging out the Swiss Feuz by 0.17sec. “I made a fantastic run, the feeling was pretty good,” said Kriechmayr who will has now won his last three races and goes into Sunday’s super-G as the form speed skiers in the world. “Tomorrow is a new race, a new day, a new challenge, and we will see what happens,” he said. Olympic champion Matthias Mayer finished third 0.27 seconds behind his fellow Austrian Kriechmayr. Feuz leads the downhill discipline standings by 68 points from Mayer, with one event to come. An eighth-placed finish at Lenzerheide in the final event on March 17 will be enough for him claim the small globe. Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt took fifth and closed the gap on overall leader Alexis Pinturault to 165 points in the general classification.
World champion Kriechmayr wins downhill in Saalbach