Slalom Madonna di Campiglio
The Swiss disappoint after the first half – Noel with a clear lead
France’s Clément Noel breaks away from the competition in the first round of a superb nighttime slalom. Things are not going according to the Swiss plan. Only Luca Airni is among the top ten.
Swiss pole performers have fond memories of the amazing slalom race in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Daniel Jol managed to win twice in Trentino. Luca Aerni came second in 2017.
After the first round, signs of renewed Swiss success look poor. As the best Swiss, Ernie took eighth place. 68 percent are missing on the podium. The 28-year-old made up for that with an impressive performance in the second round. The mistake on entering the steep slope cost him a better starting position.
Noel is in a class of her own
As in the first slalom race of the season in Val d’Isère, the victory in the second round was over Frenchman Clement Noel. The 24-year-old evoked another dream on the ice, as he drifted past Norway’s Sebastian Voss-Sullivage by 0.53sec.
And how did the two-time title winner, Madonna, go? Vallis had to shiver for a long time participating in the second round, and finally missed it when he was 36. A huge disappointment for the 28-year-old. “I fought my way in, but not quickly. The start was good, then I lost my rhythm,” Yule told SRF.
With a time loss of 1.64 seconds, Ramon Zenhäusern is the second best Swiss in thirteenth place. With Loïc Meillard, another Swiss chip qualified to make the decision. Neuchâtel went to 29th place. Tanguy Nef was involved, as he did in France, and was eliminated. (gave)