Kline claims maiden World Cup win at Kvitfjell


Bostjan Kline claimed his first Alpine Skiing World Cup victory as he beat Matthias Mayer and Kjetil Jansrud to win the downhill at Kvitfjell on Friday.

The Slovenian's time of one minute and 29.20 seconds saw him edge Olympic champion Mayer by 0.19 seconds, with home hope Jansrud, a winner of this downhill title in 2015, just 0.01 secs further back.

"It feels good. The whole season I knew that I can ski good, that I can ski fast," Kline said. "You know, I just had to be patient and everything came together with the skiing, the start routine, warm-up and everything."

Jansrud's third-place finish sees him move to the top of the downhill standings, 13 points ahead of Peter Fill, who could only manage 16th.

The start at Kvitfjell was lowered due to strong winds and at Crans-Montana, the venue for the women's Alpine combined, Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin both refused to race due to concerns over the conditions.

Denise Feierabend was taken away on a stretcher after falling on the opening super-G run, while Ilka Stuhec and Tessa Worley were both able to restart their efforts.

Stuhec, winner of the Alpine combined at Val d'Isere in December, led Federica Brignone by 0.52 secs after the super-G run. However, the Italian flipped the script in the slalom, going 1.53 secs quicker than Stuhec to triumph. Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser was third.