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Cuche wins first ski race of the season

Didier Cuche of Switzerland has won the opening men's World Cup race of the Olympic season, a giant slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Austria.

Cuche clocked a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 21.45 seconds on Sunday and Ted Ligety of the United States finished 0.60 seconds behind. Cuche's team mate Carlo Janka was third, 0.95 seconds back.

The top three held their positions from the opening run.

On Saturday, Tanja Poutiainen of Finland won the women's giant slalom on the Rettenbach in Sölden, but the Swiss women failed to make the top ten.

The World Cup season resumes with men's and women's slalom races on November 14-15 in Levi, Finland. and agencies