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The GB slalom specialist Dave Ryding blamed only himself after a bad day racing in Wengen on Sunday. NEW & UPDATED

He failed to complete his first run and went out of the race.

It was his second did-not-finish of the season, but the first time he's not finished a first run.

A clearly frustrated Ryding later posted on Instagram:

"Too many rookie errors in my skiing right now.. it was a roller coaster ride but bottom line I need to be better."

Yet again the winner was the Austrian, Marcel Hirscher with Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen in second place and Sweden's Andre Myhrer third.

The next race is only a week away and, if expectations and pressure on Ryding have been too high so far this season, they're likely to ramp up even further.

It's Kitzbühel where Ryding picked up his first career World Cup podium, claiming the silver medal last year.

And two days after that, it's Schladming.

Wengen was Ryding's fourth World Cup in the space of two weeks.

His previous results at Wengen had got progressively better each time he returned to the course over the last four seasons.

In 2014 he failed to make the final, then in the last three years has finished 25th, 16th and then 12th in 2017.

Dave RydingDave Ryding at Wengen in 2017

He went into the race with a good early start number.

He drew bib number six, following Kristoffersen and just ahead of the dominant Hirscher.

Ryding was aiming for his fourth World Cup top ten of the season today with his best result having come at Oslo in the parallel slalom on New Year's Day when he narrowly missed a second career podium.

Ryding's results so far this season:
  • Levi- Did not finish
  • Val d'Isere - 19th
  • Madonna di Campiglio - 6th
  • Oslo - 4th
  • Zagreb - 7th
  • Adelboden - joint 12th
  • Wengen - DNF

Read PlanetSKI's story on his last race:

Dave RydingDave Ryding













The past few weeks of competition have been gruelling but ahead of the race Ryding said he was ready.

"I'm feeling alright, I've trained well and tried to have a bit of rest after a hectic couple of weeks," he said.

"It's about getting the feel, staying healthy and trying not to overdo it at this stage."

Wengen flypastFlypast at the Wengen World Cup weekend
















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