Franz sets fastest time in downhill training at Beaver Creek | Professional

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) – Austria’s Max Franz was the fastest runner on a training run on Wednesday along the demanding Beaver Creek course.

In fifth position in the general classification, Franz’s time of 1 minute, 39.91 seconds ended by 0.40 seconds ahead of Frenchman Matthieu Bailet. Adrian Smiseth Sejersted of Norway was 0.53 seconds behind.

The US contingent was on the ground a day after it was announced that one of their runners had tested positive for the coronavirus and was excluded from all four World Cup races this week at Beaver Creek. The other members of the US team were retested and kept away from the other riders. The US team warmed up in a separate area before the practice race.

“We were really safe. It just shows that, yes, we still live in this world and anyone can get it anytime, ”said US runner Travis Ganong, who finished 1.77 seconds off Franz’s time. “We have been so careful. We will continue to be careful.

The best American was Jared Goldberg, who was 1.65 seconds behind Franz.

The Birds of Prey course will have a super-G race on Thursday. The event in Beaver Creek was canceled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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