March 25, 2023 7:11 am

SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Swiss skier Ramon Zenhaeusern maintained his slim opportunity of winning the Planet Cup slalom title Sunday by posting the quickest opening-run time in the final race of the season.

Zenhaeusern ought to win the race and hope for his rivals Lucas Braathen and Henrik Kristoffersen to falter. The Norwegians are 1-two in the standings, with Braathen holding a lead of 32 points.

Braathen had the quickest splits in the middle sectors but completed .26 seconds behind Zenhaeusern in second soon after a error just before the finishing flat.

Braathen would safe the discipline globe by holding on to that position in the final run later Sunday.

Kristoffersen trailed by .80 in fifth but would have to have to overtake teammate Braathen to have a shot at the title. Kristoffersen won the slalom title for the third time final season.

Daniel Yule was the only other globe contender coming into the race but the Swiss skier was a lot more than two seconds off the pace in the opening run.

All round Planet Cup champion Marco Odermatt does not compete in slaloms. The Swiss standout ended his season soon after winning Saturday’s giant slalom and setting the men’s record for most Planet Cup points in a single season with two,042.

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