Daniel Yule wins today a thrilling race in Kitzbühel, claiming his second Slalom World Cup win in the Ganslernhang, the second one this season after his victory in Madonna di Campiglio on 22 December.
Last season winner Dave Ryding finished in second place (+0.40) after setting the best time in the second run to climb 14 positions. In 2022 Ryding made history as the first ever British skier - male or female - to win a World Cup event in Alpine Skiing.
Lucas Braathen finished in third place 0.41 seconds behind Yule.
After finishing in 7th place the first run, in the second one the 29-year-old skied aggressively and flawlessly, to beat the competition.
"It is amazing. In the season there is always one race everyone looks forward to and it is Kitzbühel. To win here again is unbelievable. I know that I have that one more gear in the race. You just have to step on the gas from top to bottom, and I succeeded in that", said Yule.
The only Swiss men to have won a World Cup Slalom in Kitzbühel are Dumeng Giovanoli (1968) and Daniel Yule (2020 and 2023).
Only three skiers has won a Slalom race this season. Besides Yule's victories, the other four men's World Cup Dlalom events in the 2022-2023 season were either won by Henrik Kristoffersen (GarmischPartenkirchen and Wengen) or Lucas Braathen (Val d'Isère and Adelboden).
Dave Ryding raised his game to finish a nearly flawless technical run to crash the podium. It is the third time Ryding has made the podium in Kitzbuehel and the sixth career podium of his career.
"The fans are the best in Austria. I have to give everything, they support me. It brings the best out of me. Yeah it is difficult but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I just went all in. The first run was no good so all in was all I could do", said Ryding.
"I have been searching for a run like that all year. I was close to stopping believing but proved to myself to never stop believing. I am getting better with age maybe, and in Kitzbühel you need some experience", he added.
Rounding out the podium was Lucas Braathen. It is the fifth podium of the season for the 22-year-old Norwegian.
"It is incredible. I cannot believe it. Being back here in Kitzbühel with fans again is a victory in itself. This is just something else. I cannot believe I got to experience the podium again. Next mission is to win this thing", said Braathen.
Lucas Braathen (370 points) regains leadership of the Slalom standings ahead of teammate Henrik Kristoffersen (365) and today's winner Daniel Yule (334).