Yule celebrates first World Cup win after Hirscher's slalom slip

Madonna di Campiglio (Italy) (AFP) –


Switzerland's Daniel Yule won the men's World Cup slalom at Madonna di Campiglio on Saturday, profiting from a rare slip-up by Austrian star Marcel Hirscher.

Hirscher -- winner of the two opening slalom events this season in Levi, Finland and Val d'Isere, France -- was in front after the first run, 0.14sec ahead of Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen, with fellow Austrian Marco Schwarz at 0.32.

But both Hirscher and Kristoffersen lost out after costly mistakes in the second run in the Italian Dolomites.

Reigning seven-time overall World Cup champion Hirscher straddled two of the gates and finished down in 26th position.

Kristoffersen -- winner in the Italian ski resort in 2015 and 2016 and second last year -- skied off after missing the second gate.

The 25-year-old Yule's consistency paid off with his fourth in the first run and second in the second sealing victory.

It also handed the Swiss skier his first World Cup win after podium finishes at Kitzbuehel and Schladming last January.

Yule clocked 1min 38.34sec after two runs to finish ahead of Austrian pair Marco Schwarz (0.34sec) and Michael Matt (0.50sec).

Britain's Dave Ryding, posted the fastest time in the second run after his 27th-quickest in the first, to finish just off the podium in fourth overall at 0.54sec.

Hirscher remains top of the overall World Cup and slalom standings, completing a gruelling week during which he won three events in seven days.

The 29-year-old won the giant slalom and parallel giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy before heading to Saalbach, Austria where he won the slalom.