"You Schweinsberg!" Linus Straßer shouted loudly through the finish area.

The legendary Ganslernhang in Kitzbühel is not a good place for the German ski racer.

Even in the slalom classic on Saturday, the Munich man did not get past 14th place.

After all, after three zero numbers in the previous four goal runs of the season, he once again scored points.

In Kitzbühel it was his first since 2015. In heavy snowfall, the victory came as a complete surprise to 35-year-old Dave Ryding, who celebrated the first ever World Cup success by a Briton in the Alpine race.

"The line between attacking and getting eliminated is extremely narrow," said Straßer about the famous slope in Tyrol, which with its many transitions "is so difficult to ski because you can't build up a rhythm". After starting well in Wengen and then merging in, it was also about finishing two runs in Kitzbühel, the 29-year-old explained on ARD. "I managed to do that if you want to see it positively," he said. In the second round, however, he ultimately “braked down too much”.

Behind sensational winner Ryding, who could hardly believe his luck, the Norwegians Lucas Braathen and Henrik Kristoffersen finished second and third.

The five races so far in this crazy slalom season have been won by five different athletes.

In Kitzbühel, eleven drivers dropped out in the second race.

Straßer's teammate Anton Tremmel benefited from the many failures and got his first World Cup points of the winter in 17th place.

David Ketterer as 38th as well as Julian Rauchfuss, Alexander Schmid and Fabian Himmelsbach, who were all eliminated, were not in the final.

There is another descent in Kitzbühel on Sunday.

The last slalom run before the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing (February 4th to 20th) will take place in Schladming next Tuesday.

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