In the last 16 Ryding held firm against close friend Alexander Khoroshilov to narrowly take the win over both legs.
Drawn against world champion Hirscher, Ryding won the first leg by 0.02s.
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In the second run it appeared as if he had let Hirscher get away from him but he finished superbly to come back and secure his place in the semi-finals.
However disaster struck in the first run of his semi-final against Michael Matt, as he got his legs tangled up and then crashed into one of the gates.
It proved to be a real shame as Ryding’s pace on the second run was excellent, cutting Matt’s advantage to 0.15s, but it wasn’t enough as the Austrian went through to the final.
Ryding rode hard in the Small Final but he was unable to beat Linus Strasser. The British star still claims some valuable World Cup points with his best performance of the season.
Sweden’s Andre Myhrer defeated Matt in the final to take first.
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