Top Ten for Ryding but Podium Missed

The GB skier Dave Ryding came 7th in the rearranged slalom in Flachau in Austria. He goes again on Sunday.

A Top Ten is a great achievement for GB’s No 1 racer, but it is not a podium place.

Last weekend in Adelboden he came third and hopes were high.

“Good day in the office… 7th 👌 and nice to get a green light again this 🙃
Time to rest up and turn this old rig around for tomorrow,” said Dave after the race.

The race was won by  the Austrian, Manuel Feller with his fellow country man, Marco Schwarz, taking third spot.

The French slalom specialist, Clement Noel, was second.

There were tricky conditions with heavy snow falling.

Ryding is 9th in the overall World Cup slalom standings.

There is another slalom race on Sunday as the racing schedule has been rearranged due to Covid-19.

Flachau in Austria is hosting back-to-back men’s World Cup slalom competitions after racing was called off in Wengen and Kitzbühel due to concerns over coronavirus.

The Swiss resort of Wengen was initially scheduled to stage two men’s downhill races and a slalom race this weekend before a rise in COVID-19 cases in the area forced organisers to cancel the World Cup contests  last Monday.

The first choice was Kitzbühel in Austria for two slalom events.

But coronavirus struck once again after reports of 10 new infections in Kitzbühel and a further 24 cases in nearby Jochberg – including 17 of the more transmissible variant first detected in England.

The COVID-19 outbreak led the FIS to move the events to Flachau which staged the women’s slalom earlier this week.

The flagship downhill is still due to go ahead in Kitzbuhel next weekend.

There’s another slalom on Sunday and fingers crossed Dave Ryding draws the No 8 bib which seems to bring him some luck.

He has been on the World Cup podium three times in his career – each time with the No 8 bib.

Update:  It wasn’t to be – Dave Ryding finished in 12th place on Sunday.

Update to follow….