Didier Cuche wins World Cup downhill title



LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Didier Cuche has won the men’s World Cup downhill title after placing fourth in the season’s final race, which was won by Adrien Theaux of France.

Cuche scored enough race points to overtake Austria’s Michael Walchhofer who placed 11th in his final downhill before retiring.

Cuche’s fourth career downhill title lifted him to second in the World Cup’s 44-year history behind Franz Klammer. The Austrian great won five between 1975-83.

Theaux clocked 1 minute, 22.94 seconds when the steep and twisting course was bathed in sunshine to light the fastest line.

Joachim Puchner of Austria was runner-up, 0.01 seconds behind.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway trailed by 0.16 in third.