Heroics from Hirscher, but Kristoffersen wins again


Henrik Kristoffersen's dominance of the FIS Alpine World Cup slalom season continued on Tuesday and Marcel Hirscher produced a remarkable second run to take an unlikely second place in the famous night race in Schladming.

Kristoffersen conjured up what he described as one of the best second runs of his life to win on the testing Ganslern course in Kitzbuhel on Sunday and he topped the podium yet again two days later.

The Norwegian was third after his first run on the Planai course with a time of 49.40 seconds, but a second attempt of 52.80secs was enough to secure a sixth slalom win out of seven this season.

Felix Neureuther had led the way after an opening time of 48.30secs, but fell after straddling a gate in the last run of the night to hand Kristoffersen - who was 1.10secs slower than the German in the first run - yet another victory.

There was huge disappointment for a partisan crowd when Hirscher was way back in 22nd place following a first run in which he struggled to see through his goggles, but the defending champion defied the odds to take the runner-up spot.

Hirscher was given incredible support by a huge crowd and attacked the course second time around with a phenomenal display of slalom skiing to clock 51.92secs, which saw him finish 0.61 seconds slower than Kristoffersen.

The Austrian superstar's exploits enable him to move into the overall lead ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal, who was ruled out for the season due to a knee injury sustained during a crash in the Kitzbuhel downhill.

Alexander Khoroshilov filled the podium, while Stefano Gross slipped from second to sixth and Fritz Dopfer was fifth behind compatriot Dominik Stehle.

Hirscher now has 969 points overall, with Kristoffersen taking his tally to 871 - just 45 less than the injured Svindal.

Kristoffersen holds a 180-point advantage over Hirscher in the slalom standings following his fourth win in a row in a discipline which he has been a class apart this season.