Shock Stockholm success for Strasser as Shiffrin wins again


Mikaela Shiffrin was a predictable winner of the women's city event in Stockholm, but there was a major surprise in the men's event as Linus Strasser claimed his maiden FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup victory.

Only included in the 16-man field as a late replacement for Felix Neureuther, 24-year-old German Strasser sprung a shock in the first round of the head-to-head event by ousting Henrik Kristoffersen.

Five-time reigning overall champion Marcel Hirscher also bowed out unexpectedly in round one and Strasser, who had managed just two top-10 finishes in World Cup races prior to Tuesday, capitalised by beating Stefano Gross, Mattias Hargin and Alexis Pinturault to seal glory.

"I am here instead of Felix because of his knee and he said, 'come on, boy. That's your chance. You're in it to win it,' and I took my chance," said Strasser.

"It goes so fast, and then in the next moment you're standing in the finals against Alexis [Pinturault] and that feels amazing. And then I thought, 'alright, now you're in the final, you have a chance to win it' and yeah, so I did."

Hirscher remains 60 points clear of Kristoffersen in the men's slalom standings and holds a 432-point lead overall.

Shiffrin - the dominant figure in the women's slalom - is also poised to claim another crystal globe after recording her sixth success in eight events this season.

Her lead over Veronika Velez Zuzulova, Tuesday's runner-up, in the discipline standings now stands at 145 points, with only two races remaining.