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Frenchman two points behind Norway’s Kristoffersen in World Cup slalom battle.
Clement Noel watched rival Daniel Yule ski out to pick up a crucial FIS World Cup slalom victory on home snow in Chamonix. Here is all you need to know:
– Noel trailed Henrik Kristoffersen in the FIS World Cup standings heading into the Saturday race, however was boosted by the Norwegian’s DNF on the first run.
– Swiss star Yule skied beautifully on the first run to eke out a 0.24s advantage over Noel with France’s Alexis Pinturault back in fourth place 0.48s behind.
– Sadly for Pinturault, his FIS World Cup overall hopes took a blow when he skied out as the leaders attempted to beat Norwegian Timon Haugan’s superb second run.
– Italian Stefano Gross skied out to ruin his podium chances, however Noel held his nerve after an early error to beat Haugan by 0.21 with Yule skiing out early.
– Noel celebrated in front of his home fans down below with Haugan and third-placed Adrian Pertl of Austria completing a podium where all three are under 23.
– Noel now has six FIS World Cup slalom wins with three coming this season after Wengen and Zagreb victories as everyone battles to succeed retired Marcel Hirscher.
– Noel, 22, said: “The snow was perfect for the first run. I am really happy to manage the second run as I really felt the pressure at the start. I just try to push hard and do my best every time, and it paid off. Thanks to the public for this incredible atmosphere. You sometimes think you only get this in Austria or Switzerland.”
– Noel is now only two points behind Kristoffersen in the FIS World Cup slalom standings, while he moves up to eighth place in the overall race behind the Norwegian.
– Haugan’s second place was by far his best FIS World Cup race result, while the season continues in Chamonix on Sunday with the men’s parallel giant slalom.
FIS World Cup men’s slalom from Chamonix:
1. Clement Noel (France) 1:41.47
2. Timon Haugan (Norway) +0.21
3. Adrian Pertl (Austria) +0.31
4. Michael Matt (Austria) +0.65
5. Ramon Zenhaeusern (Switzerland) +0.70
6= Alexander Khoroshilov (Russia) +0.75
6= Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (Norway) +0.75
8. Marco Schwarz (Austria) +1.02
9. Andre Myhrer (Sweden) +1.13
10. Jean-Baptiste Grange (France) +1:30
FIS World Cup men’s overall standings:
1. Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) 877 points
2. Alexis Pinturault (France) 822
3. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) 820
4. Matthias Mayer (Austria) 692
5. Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 617
6. Vincent Kriechmayr (Austria) 588
7. Dominik Paris (Italy) 556
8. Clement Noel (France) 550
9. Daniel Yule (Switzerland) 495
10. Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) 466