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Clément Noël holds nerve to claim first win of the year in Zagreb slalom

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French youngster Clément Noël claims his first FIS World Cup win of the 2019–20 season in Croatia ahead of Ramon Zenhaeusern and Alex Vinatzer.
By Benjamin SaldiasPublished on
Clément Noël prevailed in the final to take his first FIS World Cup win of the 2019–20 season in the slalom finals in Zagreb, Croatia on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Frenchman was the strongest of a compact pack and delivered a strong second run to beat Swiss Ramon Zenhaeusern, who'd clocked the best time in the opening run, by 0.07s. A mistake in the first run almost sent Nöel off course, but a fine save helped him stay on track and he clocked the fourth fastest time before delivering a winning performance in the second run.
Italian Alex Vinatzer took third place, 0.29s off the pace, after producing the second-best time in the second run for his first World Cup podium.
This was Noël's fourth World Cup win, all of which have come in slalom events, after victories in Wengen, Kitzbühel and Soldeu last year and his success propelled him to top of the slalom World Cup rankings after he also took second place in Finland earlier this season. He has 180 points in the slalom rankings and leads Swede Andre Myhrer by five points and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen by 18.
Clement Nöel of France performs at the Slalom Race during FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup 2019 - 2020 at Levi, Finland on November 24, 2019.
Clément Noël added to his tally of World Cup wins in Zagreb
Overall, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde remains on top of the overall World Cup standings with 474 points, 20 ahead of Dominik Paris and 44 ahead of Alexis Pinturault, the Frenchman's ninth place in Zagreb having earned him 29 points.
FIS World Cup Zagreb slalom results
  1. Clément Noël (FRA) 1m 57.14s
  2. Ramon Zenhaeusern (CHE) +0.07s
  3. Alex Vinatzer (ITA) +0.29s
  4. Andre Myhrer (SWE) +0.39s
  5. Armand Marchant (BEL) +0.49s
  6. Lucas Braathen (NOR) +0.63s
  7. Linus Strasser (GER) +0.71s
  8. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) +0.77s
  9. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) +0.97s
  10. Simon Maurberger (ITA) +0.99s
FIS World Cup 2019–20 current standings
  1. Aleksander Aaamodt Kilde (NOR) 474 points
  2. Dominik Paris (ITA) 454
  3. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 430
  4. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 391
  5. Matthias Mayer (AUT) 362
  6. Beat Feuz (CHE) 361
  7. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) 360
  8. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 234
  9. Thomas Dressen (GER) 231
  10. Ryan Cochran-Siegle (USA) 223