Kristoffersen takes early lead in Wengen

Henrik Kristoffersen has put down a tremendous first run in the Slalom at Wengen top lead after run one. Manuel Feller and Sebastian Foss-Solevaag have places two and three, Feller is in touch just 0.11 and Foss-Solevaag is over half a second back, just ahead of Clement Noel and Ramon Zenhaeusern. Dave Ryding sits in joint 11th.

Kristoffersen puur down a real marker for the rest to challenge and was on fire. Her attacked, he was smooth and made the most of going bib number 1. This was a real change to some of the Norwegian racers recent runs. It was a joy to watch.

With the weather getting warm, this started to affect the course the longer the run went and by the time Ryding left the start, bib 10, the course was already starting to deteriorate.

Ryding produced a good confident run. Out the start the fire was there, A few mistakes down the first pitch and maybe a little hesitant cost him a little but he is certainly in the mix just 1.22 back from Kristoffersen. Ryding will have a cleaner course to face on the second run than Kristoffersen.

Ryding came into the race on the back of a fourth place in the Crans Montana Invitational slalom and so the confidence is high. If he can make it down the second run, this could set him up for a good result.

It was really hard for Billy Major and Laurie Taylor and neither made the cut. The deterioration of the course played its part. There was still opportunity for late numbers to make the second run as Liam Wallace from bib 57 came down to make the cut until the last man down, GS racer Alex Schmidt came down to knock him out of the thirty.

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