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Max Franz leaves Svindal in the shade at Val Gardena

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Max Franz leaves Svindal in the shade at Val Gardena

<p>Val Gardena, Italy, provided the beautiful backdrop to a highly competitive men’s World Cup downhill.</p> <p>Christmas came early for Austria’s Max Franz as he outpaced a ski legend to win his first ever World Cup race.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Austrian skiing pride restored in Italy: Max Franz ended Austria's frustrating 21-month wait for a… <a href="https://t.co/OqiWFBmML9">https://t.co/OqiWFBmML9</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCSIN?src=hash">#BCSIN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BajaSur?src=hash">#BajaSur</a> <a href="https://t.co/1wPmeQ6S31">pic.twitter.com/1wPmeQ6S31</a></p>— La Paz <span class="caps">BCS</span> Mexico (@La_Paz_BCS) <a href="https://twitter.com/La_Paz_BCS/status/810140079939141632">December 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Chasing the time set by Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, Franz had the crowd gasping as he overturned the lead of the Norwegian 0.41 seconds.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="cs" dir="ltr">Franz poprvé v kariéře ovládl sjezd, <a href="https://twitter.com/akselsvindal"><code>akselsvindal</a> porazil o čtyři setiny <a href="https://t.co/9W8u0Z4vRl">https://t.co/9W8u0Z4vRl</a> <a href="https://t.co/FdKcVas0g1">pic.twitter.com/FdKcVas0g1</a></p>&mdash; ČT sport (</code>sportCT) <a href="https://twitter.com/sportCT/status/810139993964302336">December 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Svindal an Olympic gold medalist and the first male alpine racer to win titles in four consecutive world championships thought he had done enough to claim the prize as most of his rivals had already descended.</p> <p>Then came Franz to pinch an exhilarating win. </p> <p>Third place went to Steven Nyman the American is really making a name for himself. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1st <a href="https://twitter.com/fisalpine"><code>fisalpine</a> victory for <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxFranzAUT"></code>MaxFranzAUT</a> ahead of <a href="https://twitter.com/akselsvindal"><code>akselsvindal</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/Steven_Nyman"></code>Steven_Nyman</a> on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saslong?src=hash">#saslong</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SkiAustria_Men"><code>SkiAustria_Men</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/usskiteam"></code>usskiteam</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ichbindabei?src=hash">#ichbindabei</a> <a href="https://t.co/uys3uFs8bl">pic.twitter.com/uys3uFs8bl</a></p>— <span class="caps">FIS</span> GrödenValGardena (@skiworldcup) <a href="https://twitter.com/skiworldcup/status/810154386617942019">December 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The men’s tour ups sticks to Alta Badia, one valley away, for Sunday’s giant slalom and parallel giant slalom on Monday evening.</p>