Clément Noël signs his 7th World Cup slalom victory in Chamonix, his first success of the season on 30 January, while Henrik Kristoffersen wins on 31 January.
Saturday, 30 January 2021
The organizers and the riders alike had to contend with dire conditions on 30 January, on the Verte des Houches.
With rain falling for several days and without spectators allowed on site, the challenge was great for everyone.
But that did not stop the 69 riders to give their best and attempt to conquer the podium.
Clément Noël signs his 7th World Cup slalom victory in Chamonix, his first success of the season. The Frenchman, third in the first round, beat the Swiss Ramon Zenhaeusern and the Austrian Marco Schwarz.
"I don't know if it's me who loves Chamonix or if it's the other way around, but it's true that I won here when I was young and it's my second World Cup victory at this piste then… I feel good in Chamonix, even in the rain!", declared slalom winner Clément Noël.
1- NOEL Clément (FRA) - 1:38.58
2- ZENHAEUSERN Ramon (SUI) - 1:38.74
3- SCHWARZ Marco (AUT) - 1:38.77
A change of atmosphere on Sunday, the Chamonix mountains have reappeared in the backdrop of the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley, with their peaks whitened by the snow of the last few days and lit by a sun that has finally returned.
The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen wins the second slalom of the weekend at the Verte des Houches.
Leader at the end of the 1st round, Henrik Kristoffersen held his position to the end, ahead of the Swiss Ramon Zenhaeusern (+0.28) and Sandro Simonet (+0.66).
Victor Muffat-Jeandet finished 4th, while Alexis Pinturault, 2nd in the first round, finished 8th.
Clément Noël did not qualify for the second round and could not repeat his fine performance from the day before.
1- KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik (NOR) - 1:37.81
2- ZENHAEUSERN Ramon (SUI) - 1:38.09
3- SIMONET Sandro (SUI) - 1:38.47