Kristoffersen edges out Frenchman Noel for dramatic Finnish victory

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Norwegian opens FIS World Cup slalom campaign with win as Yule third.

Henrik Kristoffersen got off to the best start possible with a dramatic Levi victory in a new era for alpine slalom skiing after legend Marcel Hirscher retired at the end of the last season. Here is all you need to know:

– Austrian Hirscher had won six out of the last seven FIS World Cup slalom titles with Kristoffersen the only skier to get the better of him thanks to his 2015/16 title win.

– New French star Clement Noel came out strong during the first run in Finland to lead from British slalom expert Dave Ryding with Norwegian Kristoffersen in fourth.

– The second run, however, was a different matter as skiers further down the field like Kristoffer Jakobsen took advantage of good conditions to post top times.

– Swiss Daniel Yule charged down to set the time to beat, only for Kristoffersen to better it with another Swiss Ramon Zenhaeusern settling in behind Yule.

– Ryding was on track to score the best time second to last, but crashed out as Noel made a mistake in the steepest part to leave him 0.09s behind Kristoffersen.

– It was Kristoffersen’s 19th FIS World Cup win with 16 in slalom as this season’s giant slalom race winner Alexis Pinturault failed to qualify for the second run.

– Kristoffersen, 25, leads the overall FIS World Cup standings now by 13 points from Pinturault with compatriots Noel and Mathieu Faivre locked in third.

– The next men’s FIS World Cup event will be the Lake Louise downhill on November 30.

FIS World Cup men’s slalom result from Levi, Finland:

1) Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) 1min 48.55 seconds
2) Clement Noel (France) + 0.09
3) Daniel Yule (Switzerland) +0.18
4) Ramon Zenhaeusern (Switzerland) +0.27
5) Andre Myhrer (Sweden) +0.34
6) Kristoffer Jakobsen (Sweden) +0.53
7) Christian Hirschbuehl (Austria) +0.74
8) Linus Strasser (Germany) +0.89
9) Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (Norway) +0.92
10) Manfred Moelgg (Italy) +0.98

2019/2020 FIS World Cup overall standings:

1) Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) 113 points
2) Alexis Pinturault (France) 100
3) Clement Noel (France) 80
3) Mathieu Faivre (France) 80
5) Zan Kranjec (Slovenia) 70
6) Daniel Yule (Switzerland) 60
7) Ramon Zenhaeusern (Switzerland) 50
7) Tommy Ford (United States) 50
9) Andre Myhrer (Sweden) 45
9) Ted Ligety (United States) 45

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