Ryding wins historic silver at Kitzbuhel

Dave Ryding. Credit: PA

Dave Ryding claimed Britain's first World Cup alpine medal since 1981 with silver in the men's slalom at Kitzbuhel in Austria on Sunday.

Ryding held a lead of 0.29 seconds over Italy's Stefano Gross after the first run, with Gross then crashing out early in the second run.

That left home favourite Marcel Hirscher as the man to beat, but 30-year-old Ryding lost his advantage of 1.02secs and eventually finished 0.76s adrift.

Ryding's season-opening sixth place in Finland had been the highest finish by a British skier since Alain Baxter's fourth place in Sweden in 2001, while a British World Cup alpine medal had not been won since Konrad Bartelski's downhill silver in Val Gardena in Italy in 1981.