Alpine skiing: Neureuther wins Bormio World Cup slalom

Germany's Felix Neureuther produced a flawless second run to claim victory in the men's World Cup slalom at Bormio on Monday.

In an event rescheduled from Zagreb, slalom title chaser Marcel Hirscher had dominated the first run with a 0.01sec lead on Neureuther to edge towards a third consecutive slalom victory on Italian soil.

However the Austrian failed to replicate that performance on the unforgiving Stelvio course, finishing second at 0.36sec behind Neureuther. Italian Manfred Moelgg completed the podium in third.

Austrian Mario Matt had been bidding for a 15th World Cup slalom win that would have seen him surpass compatriot Benni Raich and equal Croatian Ivica Kostelic in third place on the all-time men's World Cup slalom victory list.

Matt, however, followed up a disappointing ninth place finish in the first run to finish 13th and see Hirscher reduce his arrears to the slalom World Cup leader to just 20 points.

A number of other slalom specialists also failed to shine on the steep slopes of the Stelvio, which hosted the event after Zagreb was ruled out at the last minute.

Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange improved on his second run but was left down in sixth place, while the times of Kostelic and Raich were only good enough for 24th and 25th places respectively.

One of the stars of the second run was Naoki Yuasa, who was unlucky not to claim a podium finish after finishing three-tenths behind Moelgg.

Yuasa was only 22nd after a first run which he completed 2.02secs behind Hirscher, but the Japanese upstart scorched down the course in 58.25 - the fastest of the field - in the second to take the provisional lead.

His time in the spotlight lasted longer than expected as a host of more experienced specialists all failed to unseat him, until Moelgg, sixth-last out the gate, pushed him off top spot.