Swiss skier Caviezel has slim 1st-run lead in season opener

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SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Gino Caviezel took a slim lead within the first run of the season-opening males’s World Cup large slalom Sunday as the highest seven had been separated by simply three tenths of a second.

In sunny situations, the Swiss skier mastered the icy course on the Rettenbach glacier and timed 1 minute, 8.13 seconds.

Zan Kranjec, Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault all completed inside 0.15 seconds of Caviezel’s time.

Defending general World Cup champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde failed to complete. The Norwegian got here large on a left flip and misplaced his proper ski when he caught a bump.

Caviezel’s profession finest World Cup result’s sixth, from a parallel GS in Italy two years in the past.

The GS has change into a wide-open self-discipline for the reason that retirement of Marcel Hirscher. The dominant Austrian gained the GS season title six instances in seven years earlier than ending his profession in 2019.

Final season, Kristoffersen scooped the title, however Pinturault, Croatia’s Filip Zubcic and Kranjec all completed inside 30 factors of the Norwegian’s tally after seven races.

The Russian staff was excluded from Sunday’s race after coronavirus exams of two of its coaches got here again with unclear outcomes.

The staff, together with racers Pavel Trikhichev, Alexander Andrienko and Ivan Kuznetsov, was remoted awaiting outcomes of retests.

No spectators had been allowed on the race as one of many precautionary well being and security measures amid the pandemic.

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