Adrien Theaux of France on Saturday claimed his second career World Cup win, and first of the season, in the downhill in the Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell.
Theaux's time of 1min 29.1sec gave him the victory by a margin of 0.19sec from home favourite Aksel Lund Svindal, with Klaus Kroell of Austria in third, half a second behind the winner.
Theaux has endured a disappointing season since finishing second in the super-G at Lake Louise in Canada in November, and this is his first win since claiming the downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in March 2011.
"This win comes a bit late," Theaux admitted. "I didn't manage to get on to the podium at the world championships, but it is always nice to win a World Cup race. I am satisfied."
World downhill champion Svindal's second place leaves him 129 points behind Austria's Marcel Hirscher in the overall World Cup standings.
Svindal is also now 57 points clear of Kroell atop the downhill World Cup standings.
"Klaus is just behind me, so I've not won the globe yet," said Svindal.
"There is still suspense, but I skied well today and I'm very happy with second place."
Kroell is looking to defend the downhill title that he won last year, but Svindal is motivated by the prospect of becoming the first Norwegian to win the discipline since Lasse Kjus in 1999.
"It would be good to follow in his footsteps," he said.
"I am not somebody who looks at what has happened in the past, at what I have won and not won.
"But I'd happily take the downhill globe."
Svindal also knows that a victory in Sunday's super-G would allow him to close right in on Hirscher in the overall standings with the end of the season approaching.