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GB's Dave Ryding had a storming second run in the Zagreb slalom to finish in the top 10 again. And it's a cross-country top 10 for Muzzy. UPDATED

Britain's number one alpine racer, Dave Ryding and cross-country skier Andrew Musgrave both secured Top 10s on Thursday.

Ryding went in the slalom in Zagreb, Croatia on Thursday just three days after racing in Oslo where he finished 4th in the parallel slalom.

After a disappointing first run in Zagreb he was lying in 18th place, 2.14 seconds behind the leader,  Austria's Michael Matt.

He flew down the course on his second run to take the lead, and stayed in the leader's seat as several of the skiers who were faster than him in run one faltered.

He eventually finished seventh, making up 11 places.

Zagreb resultsZagreb results














It matches his result in Zagreb last year.

It's his third Top 10 of the season.

Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the race - his 50th World Cup victory - his compatriot Michael Matt was second and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen was third.

After Zagreb it's a quick change of country for Ryding as he heads to Adelboden in Switzerland to race on Sunday.

It will be his third World Cup in seven days.

He'll go into the race confident after his performance in Zagreb and the impressive fourth place at the inaugural city event in Oslo on New Year's Day

In foggy conditions at Holmenkollen, the 31-year-old was agonisingly close to a second World Cup podium in the parallel slalom - the event that sees the world's best 16 skiers go head to head over two runs.

He beat world number one, Marcel Hirscher on his way to fourth place and a useful 50 World Cup points.

Ryding v HirscherRyding takes it from Hirscher in run 1 in Oslo












Ryding's teammate Alex Tilley went in the women's slalom in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, she failed to finish her first run.

It's a big week for British skiers who are also represented in cross-country, aerials and moguls World Cups.

All the details are below, including news of Andrew Musgrave's sixth place in Germany.

FIS Alpine World Cups - Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th January

Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January, Zagreb, Croatia - Ladies' and Men's Slalom

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th January, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia - Ladies' Giant Slalom and Slalom

Sunday 7th January - Adelboden, Switzerland - Men's Slalom

Alex TilleyAlex Tilley - photo Vanessa Fry Photography














After failing to finish run one in Zagreb, Alex Tilley, who finished 2017 with some strong results, now heads to Slovenia where she will compete in the Giant Slalom and Slalom at Kranjska Gora alongside Charlie Guest.

On Sunday, Ryding will race his third World Cup in the space of seven days, this time in Switzerland. Last year Ryding finished 15th in Adelboden but did have the seventh-fastest second run which bodes well as he aims for another top ten performance.

FIS Cross Country World Cup/Tour de Ski - Saturday 30th December to Monday 7th January

Stages 1-3: Saturday 30th December to Monday 1st January - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Stages 4-5: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January - Oberstdorf, Germany

Stages 6-7: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January - Val di Fiemme, Italy

The Tour de Ski is in Germany.

The Sprint, which was due to take place on Wednesday was cancelled because of a thunderstorm.

In the 15km Free mass start on Thursday Andrew Musgrave finished an impressive sixth, managing to get into the top three in a couple of the intermediate sprints.

The result moves him up to 16th overall with just two stages of the tour left. 

They take place in Val di Fiemme, Italy, starting with a 15km Classic mass start on Saturday and a 9km Free Pursuit on Sunday.

In the earlier stages in Lenzerheide, Switzerland over the New Year weekend 27-year-old Andrew Young scored his best result of the season and his first World Cup Top 10 in almost two years.

In the first leg, he finished with an overall ranking of 10th, while Andrew Musgrave was 21st.

Musgrave, who achieved his first full World Cup podium with a bronze medal in Italy in December, remained in Lenzerheide to compete in two more stages of the Tour.

In the 15km Classic on Sunday he finished 30th and in the 15km Free Pursuit on Monday he was 24th.

Andrew MusgraveAndrew Musgrave in the 15k Classic in Lenzerheide - photo British Nordic Ski Team














FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cups - Saturday 6th January

Men's Aerials  - Moscow, Russia

Ladies' and Men's Moguls - Calgary, Canada

After a short break over the holiday period, the Aerials and Moguls skiers are back in World Cup action this weekend.

Lloyd Wallace will be in Russia for the Men's Aerials night event on Saturday, coming off a top 20 result in China before Christmas.

Wallace has competed at World Cups in Moscow twice before, with his best result being 16th in February 2016.

Lloyd WallaceLloyd Wallace















The Moguls World Cup moves to Calgary on Saturday and the British team has three skiers competing.

Makayla Gerken-Schofield made her World Cup debut in December and has a career-best result of 32nd from three events.

Her brother Thomas will be competing alongside Max Willis in the men's event.

After almost three years off the World Cup circuit, Willis has the best British performance so far this season with 25th at Ruka in December.

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