Olympic champion Clément Noël dominated the first round of the Alpine Skiing World Cup slalom in Chamonix on Saturday, the last race before the World Championships in Courchevel / Méribel.
The French set the fastest time just ahead of the two Swiss, Ramon Zenhäusern (at 15/100) and Daniel Yule (at 17/100).
It's a great first run, which could have been even better.
The snow was really easy, it made it possible to send very hard.
Being able to train on this track last week helped me.
It's a good omen for the second round, that's where the gaps will be, for the moment it's very tight.
It's a great show
, ”launched the Beijing Olympic champion in 2022.
Noël, who has already won twice on the "
Verte des Houches
" in 2020 and 2021, remains on a victory during the last slalom in Schladming (Austria), last week.
His teammate Alexis Pinturault withdrew for Chamonix, preferring to save himself for the Worlds which begin Monday in Méribel with the women's combined.
The second run of the slalom is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.