Switzerland’s Daniel Yule claimed the men’s slalom title on the closing day of the prestigious International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup at Kitzbühel in Austria as men’s overall leader Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway had a relative off-day.
Yule was fastest down the famed Hahnenkamm slope, clocking a combined time of 1min 41.50sec to finish 0.12sec clear of his nearest challenger, home skier Marco Schwarz.
It was the Swiss skier’s third World Cup win of the season – all of which have come in the slalom.
France’s Clement Noël took third place 0.37sec behind the winner, recovering his fortunes having only managed ninth place in the first run, with Norway’s 19-year-old Lucas Braathen fourth 0.49sec adrift.
Braathen had produced the fastest time in the first run, clocking 50.49sec to finish ahead of Yule’s 50.82 and end up with his best World Cup result so far.
But a second run of 51.50 dropped the Norwegian out of the medal positions as Yule produced the best second run of 50.68 to secure his victory.
Kristoffersen had to be content with fifth place, 0.49sec back from Yule, but he remains top of the overall World Cup standings with 741 points after 24 of the 44 scheduled races.
Fellow Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is second on 700, and Austria’s Matthias Mayer, who won yesterday’s downhill title in Kitzbühel, is third on 692.
Kristoffersen also leads the slalom standings on 452 points, but Yule’s win has moved him up to second place on 435, with Noël third on 400.
Next up on the Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit is a single men’s slalom race at the Austrian resort of Schladming on Tuesday (January 28).