Clement Noel (FRA) shows the crowd in Zagreb what he is capable of winning the Snow King slalom in Zagreb for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Frenchman is the first man of his nation to win in Zagreb since 2009.
The French skier, 4th after the first run, connects perfect turns in the second run and climbs up three positions to claim his 4th World Cup victory ahead of Ramon Zenhaeusern (SUI).
"It’s always a long one but its really cool because if you’re in shape at the beginning of January, you can surf from that and be consistent but it’s not so easy", said Noel. "In Zagreb, Marchel Hirscrher used to win this race every year and now he’s not here, so we can try to win. I’m really happy and proud of my win today".
The Swiss skier, first after the first run, does not manage to keep the lead in the second run, finishing only 0.07s behind Noel.
The big news of the day, however, is the first World Cup podium of Alex Vinatzer (ITA), who takes the third spot on the podium (+0.29). His best result before this evening was the 12th place achieved in Levi in November 2019.