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Swiss take second place in four-man World Cup

Martin Annen and Cedric Grand racing to victory on Friday Keystone

Swiss teams finished second and fourth in Saturday's four-man bobsleigh World Cup in La Plagne, France.

This content was published on January 26, 2002 - 21:39

Christian Reich's team finished in second place, behind France's Bruno Mingeon. Fellow Swiss pilot Martin Annen came fourth in the race, but is leading the World Cup standings after winning the two-man bobsled race a day earlier.

Annen's win on Friday, just two weeks before the Salt Lake City Olympics, was also his first this season. With his teammate Cédric Grand, he was able to jump from third to first during the second leg of the competition, beating home his compatriot Christian Reich and Canada's Pierre Lueders.

Annen's win did however come in the absence of the best Germans, Andre Lange, Christoph Langen and Rene Spies, as well as American Todd Hays, who all preferred to concentrate on the upcoming Games.

The racer from canton Schwyz finished the World Cup with 204 points, while Reich is ranked fourth, with 166 points.

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