Salarich achieves a historic 15th place in Noel’s triumph

Salarich achieves a historic 15th place in Noel’s triumph

The Italian Federica Brignone was awarded the second supergiant of St. Moritz (Switzerland) ahead of her compatriot Elena Curtoni and the American Mikaela Shiffrin. Brignone set a time of 57.81, by Curtoni 57.92 and Shiffrin 58.24, in a test in which strong gusts of wind caused the start to be delayed and some participants were severely affected.

The Swiss Lara Gut, who won in the same test this Saturday, suffered a severe fall at the beginning of her route, but after a few minutes she was able to reach the finish line on her own.

The Italian Sofia Goggia, sixth this Sunday, continues to lead the general of the specialty with 220 points, followed by Gut with 180 and Brignone who, with his 17th victory in the World Cup, reaches 177 points. Overall, Shiffrin has 525 points, with Goggia in second place with 435 and Slovakian Petra Vlhova with 340.

Frenchman Clement Noel won the first slalom of the season, held at the Val d’Isere station (France), ahead of the Swede Kristoffer Jakobsen and the Croatian Filip Zubcic; the Spanish Joaquim Salarich who finished in a magnificent fifteenth position.

With the French Alexis Pintrault eliminated in the first sleeve for “a bad choice of material”, according to his statements, It was Noel who raised the tricolor to climb to the top of the podium with 1.40 seconds ahead of Jakobsen and 1.85 over Zubcic.

Joaquim Salarich qualified for the second round in 28th place, but far from relaxing with the achievement, he managed to finish the first slalom of the World Cup in a historic 15th position, being sixth best on the last descent 2.82 seconds behind the winner, scoring 16 points in the specialty classification.

Salarich thus picks up the witness of Juan del Campo, who finished 24th in Schladming in 2019. Before them, the last time a Spaniard stepped on a second round of the World Cup was in Heavenly Valley in 1988. It was Luis Fernández Ochoa.

In the general there are no changes between the first three, who did not participate in Val d’Isere, with the Swiss Marco Odermatt (446 points), the Austrian Matthias Mayer (310) and the Norwegian Aamodt Kilde (229) in the first three positions.

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