NEWS
01/21/2016 09:24 EST | Updated 01/21/2017 00:12 EST

Italians Casse, Innerhofer lead final WCup downhill training

KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Italian skiers Mattia Casse and Christof Innerhofer led the final training for a men's World Cup downhill by more than a second on Thursday, two days before the classic race on the Streif.

Casse timed 1 minute, 56.85 seconds on the 3.3-kilometre course, leading his teammate by 0.34. Vincent Kriechmayr came 1.03 behind in third but the Austrian missed a gate and would have been disqualified in a race.

Adrien Theaux of France, who was fastest in Tuesday's first training, was 1.07 back in fourth, followed by Steven Nyman of the United States with a 1.16-second deficit.

Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished 1.29 behind Casse.

Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the top Canadian in 16th, 1.69 back.

Florian Scheiber of Austria crashed and was airlifted to the hospital with an apparent right knee injury.

The Associated Press