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GB's No1 ski racer continued his busy start to 2018 with a World Cup race at Adelboden in Switzerland. Other Brits were also in action. NEW & UPDATED

Ryding was joint 10th after the first run with a time of 57.60 and was just under 2 seconds off the winning time.

Despite his best efforts in the second run he dropped two places - still in the top 15 and better than his 15th place at last year's race at Adelboden - but he will be disappointed with his performance overall.

No prizes for guessing who came first - Marcel Hirscher from Austria.  

After the first run Dave said he was very frustrated with himself. 

Final resultsFinal results

And after the race he made this comment:

"Oohhhlala that was one hell of a battle today.. Adelboden is intense to say the least!!

Slightly disappointed not to use my bib first run but came away with 12th and a PB for Adelboden! 

3 races.. 7 days .. Wengen next weekend. Nice to see so many Brits in the crowd! Cheers."

Dave Ryding is now a regular Top 10 finisher in the men's slalom and has been threatening the podium this season, but so far his best result this season is 4th in Oslo. 

He was, once again, up against Marcel Hirscher who is in blistering form and the man to beat. 

But Dave beat him in a head to head dual slalom just a few days ago at the beginning of January in the Oslo race.
And at Zagreb last Thursday Dave made the Top Ten.     
Ryding in ZagrebRyding in Zagreb in 2017













"Made it back to back 7th in Zagreb last night! Fantastic feeling being in the top 10! Just arrived in a soggy Adelboden," he said on Friday on Facebook as he began to prepare for Sunday's race.

Here at PlanetSKI we're across the Swiss Alps in Verbier and we've been cheering him on.

Dave is a hugely popular figure in all the alpine skiing nations and commands great respect from ski racing fans.

He has made it without the long-term backing of a huge national team supporting him and people admire him for that.

Other British skiers have also had a busy start to 2018.


Alex Tilley was also in action last week at World Cups in Croatia and Slovenia.

On Wednesday she was unable to complete her first run of the slalom in Zagreb.

In Saturday's giant slalom in Kransjska Gora, Tilley earned the final place in the top 30 to gain a second run, rising to finish 28th overall.

She failed to progress to the second run in Sunday's slalom, finishing around half a second outside the top 30.

Cross Country - Tour de Ski

Andrew Musgrave has achieved his best-ever Tour de Ski result, finishing 15th overall after a gruelling week of racing in Switzerland, Germany and Italy.

 Andrew MusgraveAndrew Musgrave in Val di Femme - photo British Nordic Ski Team
















The Tour was reduced to six legs earlier in the week following the cancellation of the Stage 4 Sprint due to extreme weather conditions.

The extra day of rest proved a blessing for Musgrave who had his best result of the Tour in Thursday's 15km Free mass start. Always in the leading group, Musgrave took time bonuses in the first two sprints and stayed at the front throughout the race to finish sixth.

Musgrave finished 27th in Saturday's 15km Classic mass start which meant he started Sunday's 9km pursuit in 15th.

He maintained his position up the painful climb to ultimately finish the tour in 15th, his best-ever result in the week-long event.


Lloyd Wallace was in action in his third World Cup of the season in Moscow, Russia where he finished in 23rd position. His performance matches his ranking from Moscow last year but failed to improve on his 19th place in China last month.


In Calgary, Canada, Max Willis missed out on the final but put in a career-best performance to finish 21st in the World Cup Moguls competition in Calgary.

Willis earned his first top 25 result only last month and was agonisingly close to qualifying for his first final, with less than three points separating him from a place in the top 16.

Thomas Gerken Schofield also scored the best result from his four World Cup starts, finishing in 35th, while younger sister Makayla was 41st in the ladies event.

Both the Aerials and Moguls skiers now head to the United States for World Cup events in Deer Valley later this week.

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