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Cross-country skier Andrew Musgrave had the best race of his career, landing his first full World Cup podium in the 15km free event in Italy. UPDATED

He led through the first 5km lap of the three-lap race on Saturday and maintained that advantage through most of the second circuit.  

Eventually Musgrave was overhauled by Norwegian Simen Krueger who claimed his first individual World Cup victory, while France's Maurice Manificat edged his way into second, less than a second ahead of Musgrave.  

The race was held in Toblach and it has been a happy hunting ground for Musgrave who claimed a Stage World Cup victory there in January 2015.

But this is his first full World Cup podium.

Following the race, Musgrave described the result as the best of his career to date, eclipsing both that Stage World Cup victory and also his fourth place at the World Championships earlier this year in the 50km mass start in Finland.

"That's my best result ever," said Musgrave. "I had very good skis and I'm very happy - the team did a fantastic job and I'm really looking forward to the pursuit tomorrow.

"We've got a good starting position; unfortunately it's Classic, not skate, but I think my shape's good so should hopefully be a good day as well."

Musgrave didn''t manage another podium on Sunday, calling it a "tough day racing.

He was with the leading group through the first two 5km circuits.

However the gruelling pace told in the end with Musgrave slipping off the back to finish 12th.

His teammate Andrew Young started the pursuit in 87th but improved that significantly to record a faster time than more than a quarter of the field.

Andrew Musgrave takes bronzeAndrew Musgrave takes bronze

Musgrave with his support team Musgrave with his support team

Muzzy's is the sixth World Cup podium of the season for British Ski and Snowboard athletes.

James Woods won the Ski Slopestyle in New Zealand in August.

In November snowboarder Katie Ormerod placed second at the Milan Big Air and Katie Summerhayes picked up Ski Slopestyle silver in Austria.

And earlier this month Jasmin Taylor picked up a pair of podium finishes with a bronze and a silver at the opening event of the Telemark World Cup season.


In the Dew Tour Izzy Atkin and James Woods made the finals in the Ski Slopestyle.

Izzy AtkinIzzy Atkin - photo GB Park & Pipe Matt Georges

Both skied well but a couple of mistakes cost them.

Atkin finished fifth and Woodsy seventh.

James WoodsJames Woods - photo GB Park & Pipe Sam Mellish

In the Ski Halfpipe qualification there was a strong showing from the GB Park and Pipe contingent.

Madi Rowlands finished in an impressive 10th place, just being nudged out of finals.

Murray Buchan was in 17th place and Rowan Cheshire, who is still on the return from injury finished in 16th position.
At the Ski Cross World Cups in Arosa, Switzerland and Montafon, Austria, Emily Sarsfield was the strongest British performer, finishing 24th in both events.
In Arosa, Liz Stevenson was 33rd.  Pam Thorburn did not finish.

In Montafon Pam Thorburn was 33rd and Emma Peters - in her first World Cup start, was just behind her in 34th.

In Snowboard Cross Zoe Gillings Brier finished in 23rd position in qualification in Val Thorens, just missing out on the finals in her first World Cup action since September.

She moved on to Montafon, where she narrowly missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages, finishing 19th.

The three-time Olympian has shown some good form recently with a top five performance in a Europa Cup race in Pitztal last month.

She now heads to Italy for the fourth World Cup of the season in Cervinia later this week.

An absentee was Maisie Potter, who sustained a foot injury in training last week which will put her out of action for the next couple of months.

Lloyd WallaceLloyd Wallace

British Aerials skier Lloyd Wallace tackled his first World Cup of the season in Secret Garden, China.

With two events in two days, Wallace's best performance came in Saturday's event when he finished 19th out of 32 starters, his eleventh top 20 World Cup performance.

This follows his eighth place on his return to competition earlier this month at the Europa Cup in Finland, which gave him the confidence to return to the elite level.

The 22-year-old had been out of action since a training accident in August that put him in an induced coma.

He's hoping to follow in his parents' footsteps to become a Winter Olympian at Pyeongchang.

Last season Wallace achieved three top 20 results from seven World Cup starts, including a 10th place finish in Minsk.
The Aerials World Cup picks up again in January in Russia before moving onto the United States.

Alpine World Cups- Alta Badia, Italy and Courchevel, France

Charlie Raposo made his World Cup debut at Alta Badia on Sunday in the Giant Slalom and put in a strong performance in his first outing at this level.

Charlie RaposoCharlie Raposo - photo British Ski & Snowboard

In challenging conditions which saw the six skiers prior to Raposo failing to complete the course, the 21-year-old sent down a good run to finish 50th.

While it wasn't good enough to qualify for the second run, Raposo beat home more than a third of the 76 starters.

Elsewhere, Charlie Guest scored another strong result in a FIS race, placing third in the slalom at Flachau, Austria.

It was her fourth top 10 in FIS races over the last month including a slalom victory at Levi in November.

Guest now heads to Courchevel, France where the Alpine World Cup continues on Tuesday.

She will be joined by Alex Tilley in the Giant Slalom on Tuesday before the Slalom on Wednesday.

Billy Major and Laurie Taylor are also set to compete in a Europa Cup Slalom event on Monday in Val di Fassa, Italy. We'll bring you more news of the weekend's action shortly.

Ones to watch

Delancey One to Watch, 10-year-old Mia Brookes made the podium of the World Rookie Tour in Corvatsch, Switzerland.

Mia BrookesMia Brookes

Brookes finished third in the Grom Girls Snowboard Slopestyle event while Liam Tynan and Max Jorge, both aged 12, made the final of the Grom Boys event.

And at the Rev Tour at Copper Mountain, USA, 14-year-old Zoe Atkin - sister of Izzy -  made the podium of the Ladies Halfpipe event on Friday and backed it up with fourth on Saturday.

Seventeen-year-old Sam Ward scored sixth and seventh in the men's Halfpipe events.

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