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Loic Meillard took victory in the USA. (Archive image) © APA/AFP / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV

Noel shows nerves – Meillard celebrates – Vinatzer improves

In the first run, the Frenchman Clement Noel showed an almost perfect ride - but in the decisive second run he showed nerves. The World Cup victory on Sunday in the slalom in Aspen, USA, went to the Swiss Loic Meillard. Meanwhile, Alex Vinatzer from Val Gardena was able to improve by a few places.

Noel was 1 seconds ahead of Meillard after round 0,27. But in the second run he quickly lost his lead. When he tried to press the accelerator, he drove too tight a line and merged. The victory therefore went to the Swiss, who had recently taken the lead with a strong drive. Linus Straßer from Germany landed in second place with a respectable gap of 2 seconds, while Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen completed the podium (+0,89). For the 2-year-old Meillard it was only his third World Cup victory, the first in a slalom.

Tommaso Sala ended up as the best Azzurro in 16th place. Alex Vinatzer from Val Gardena, who was just able to qualify for the final in 1th place after a serious mistake in the first run, went on the attack in the second run and was able to make up a few places: In the end it was enough for 27th place. Tobias Kastlunger from Enneberg missed qualifying for the decision in 2th place in the first round. The first run was marked by numerous failures; a total of 18 athletes were eliminated.

The fight for the ball is still open

No decision has yet been made in the fight for the slalom ball. The North Tyrolean Manuel Feller, who is leading in the discipline rankings, still has to wait for his first crystal. He ended up in 5th place, while his closest competitor Straßer came in 2nd. With 2 races remaining, Feller leads the German by 169 points.

“It would have been nice to get it over with today. You have to take your hat off to Linus, he doesn't let up. It's easier as a hunter, but hats off to his performance. Now it's time to start again with an uneasy feeling. But you can be satisfied with a top 5 result,” said Feller in an ORF TV interview. “I won’t make it that easy for him. That it is still mathematically possible on paper. It hasn’t been decided yet, he can’t skip it completely,” said Straßer.


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