Former Pendle racer Dave Ryding finshed in an amazing 6th place in the first Slalom World cup race of the season in Levi, Finland.

Lying in 4th place after the first run, Dave put in a solid second run to claim 6th overall, his first World Cup top 10 finish. Ryding’s result is the best result from a British Alpine skier since Alain Baxter took fourth in a Slalom World Cup in 2001.

He said after the race: “I am delighted. I am sure no-one expected a Brit in the top six. I have been working really hard all summer and specifically working on my steep sections. I have been skiing well and performing in training, but this was better than I expected. I really had to focus before the second run, and I knew I had to give it full gas to stay near the top.