Stuhec wins again in Val d'Isere, first victory for Franz

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Ilka Stuhec made it three downhill victories out of three in Val d'Isere on Saturday before Max Franz claimed a surprise win in the men's race in Val Gardena on Saturday.

Stuhec won the first two downhill races of the season in Lake Louise and the Slovenian set the pace once again in the French Alps, with Cornelia Huetter and Sofia Goggia second and third respectively.

A time of one minute 46.14 seconds on a bumpy course was enough for Stuhec to continue her perfect FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup start in the discipline, stretching her advantage to 138 points in the downhill standings.

It capped a magnificent couple of days for Stuhec, who also won the alpine combined on Friday and is third overall - 53 points adrift of leader Mikaela Shiffrin.

Austrian Huetter took 80 points after she was runner-up, finishing 28 seconds slower than the in-form Stuhec and Italian Goggia is second in the overall standings, 31 points adrift of Shiffrin after filling the podium.

Lara Gut, winner of the Val d'Isere downhill last year, failed to finish and is down to fourth overall.

Franz had never topped the podium in a World Cup race before edging out Aksel Lund Svindal in the Dolomites.

He became the first Austrian man since March last year to claim a World Cup downhill event, pipping Lund Svindal by only 0.04 seconds and Steven Nyman sealed third spot.

Svindal had been looking to go sixth on the all-time last of World Cup winners, but there was to be no 33rd triumph this time around. However, he leads Kjetil Jansrud by 18 points in the downhill standings after the Norwegian was back in 12th.