Chamonix: Canada`s Jan Hudec has won a World Cup downhill in Chamonix, making the most of an icy slope and freezing conditions for a surprising victory.
In a great day for Canadian skiing, teammate Erik Guay finished third Saturday, 0.63 seconds behind Hudec.
Hudec, whose career has been blighted by knee injuries and operations, was timed in 2 minutes, 3.25 seconds. He was followed by Austria`s Romed Baumann in 2:03.78.
Hudec was trailing Baumann until he reached the midsection and then started shaving huge chunks off the Austrian`s time. While Klaus Kroell won Friday`s downhill by just 0.01 seconds, Hudec smashed Baumann`s time by 0.53 to deprive the Austrians of a second straight win.
Switzerland`s Beat Feuz was fourth, with Kroell fifth and Switzerland`s Didier Cuche sixth.