French skier Clement Noel was the best in the slalom at the world Cup stage on mountain skiing in Tyrol Kitzbuhel.
After the first attempt, the Frenchman was in second place, however, the re-descent allowed him to take first place. Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Marcel Hirscher after the first attempt was in eighth place, but managed to improve the result and to win silver. Three was closed by another Frenchman, Alexis Pinturo gave the winner of 35 hundredths of a second.
“Today is a great day for the French team on the podium, we got together with Alexi Pintura”, — shared his impressions of Noel after the ceremony.
Clement Noel was born in 1997. He made his debut in the races of the international ski Federation in 2013 at the world Cup in Val Thorens. In 2018 Olympic games in Pyeongchang in the slalom he was the fourth. For the first time to climb on the podium of the world Cup, he managed about two weeks ago — January 13, he became the second in Adelboden, January 20 showed the best result at the world Cup in Wengen Swiss.
The last time the French skier was able to win the slalom at two world cups in a row in 2011. It was Jean-Baptiste Grange. Now the athlete is 34 years old, he continues to compete at a high level, but last week at the world Cup in Wengen he has damaged knee ligaments.
Despite a good performance of Noel, the overall leader remains titled Austrian Marcel Hirscher: the runner-up of the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen is 445 points, the third is Alex Pintura. The prize-winning podium in Kitzbuhel was 134th in the career of Hirscher. “I am more than satisfied with today’s result. Second place is the maximum that I could count, as after the first attempt was in ninth place,” commented the Austrian. The winner from France he called the “the owner of superior equipment”.
The world Cup takes place in Kitzbuehel annually. In this year’s competition opened on Friday, January 25, championship in the downhill. The finals — super-g — will be held on Sunday, January 27, at the legendary track “Streif”. It is known as the most spectacular ski descent in the world. Start “Strife” is located higher than 1,600 meters, and a speed record of passage belongs to the Austrian skier Fritz Strobl: in 1997 he covered the track in 1 minute and 51 whole and 58 hundredths of a second