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Cuche leads second training on Streif downhill; Kostelic unhurt after crash

01/18/2012 09:44 EST | Updated 03/19/2012 05:12 EDT
KITZBUEHEL, Austria - Didier Cuche of Switzerland led the second training session for a men's World Cup downhill Wednesday while overall champion Ivica Kostelic crashed into the safety nets but avoided injury.

The Croat caught a bump in a sharp left turn, lost balance on one ski and slid off course. He got up shortly afterward and skied down into the finish area.

Cuche, a four-time winner on the Streif course, had a time of one minute 58.10 seconds to lead Austria's Klaus Kroell and France's Johan Clarey, who shared second, by 0.30.

Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the top Canadian in seventh place while Robbie Dixon of Whistler, B.C., was 16th.

The start of training was delayed for more than 20 minutes after a forerunner crashed and had to be airlifted to hospital with a knee dislocation.

A final training session is scheduled for Thursday, followed by the race Saturday.

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