Christof Innerhofer posted the fastest time in Thursday's first men's downhill training at the world championships at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, one day after winning the super-G.
The Italian covered the 3.3-kilometre Kandahar course in two minutes 0.71 seconds to lead second-place Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who was the 2007 world downhill champion, by 1.05.
"I tried to push from start to finish like in every training," Innerhofer said. "But training is just training … I think many guys gave only 80 per cent."
Dominik Paris of Italy was 1.69 off the lead in third, while Didier Cuche of Switzerland trailed by 1.82 in fourth.
Top Canadian was Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., in seventh.
World Cup downhill champion Cuche acknowledged he held back during his run.
"For sure, it was not 100 per cent attack," said Cuche, who had a problem with his goggles. "There was a little piece of plastic in it that started flying around.
"It was really hard to keep on focussing."
Most racers slowed down and stood up at the final part of the icy course.
Bode Miller of the United States clocked 2:03.20 for ninth place, while 2003 champion Michael Walchhofer of Austria was another 0.21 back.
Another training run is scheduled for Friday, followed by the race on Saturday.