Marco Schwarz wins men's slalom Crystal Globe as Noel takes race victory in Kranjska Gora

Clement Noel won the penultimate World Cup slalom event, while Shwarz's seventh-place finish earned him enough points to take the 2021 discipline title and Pinturault fails to extend overall lead.

By Andrew Binner

Marco Schwarz did just enough in Kranjska Gora's blizzard conditions to claim the men's alpine ski World Cup slalom crystal globe on Sunday (14th March).

Frenchman Clement Noel secured the eighth World Cup race win of his career, with his compatriot Victor Muffat-Jeandet +0.62s back in second.

Austria's Schwarz ended up in seventh position, but with his closest rival Ramon Zenhaeusern finishing in third, the discipline title was secured.

Loic Meillard came fourth, with defending slalom tour champion Henrik Kristoffersen in fifth.

Austrian Olympic silver medallist Manuel Feller finished sixth.

Alexis Pinturault's DNF meant that he failed to increase his lead in the overall rankings over Marco Odermatt, who was not competing in the slalom.

Reigning slalom world champion Sebastian Foss-Solevaag finished back in tenth.

Tensions were high in Slovenia, with skiers fighting to be among the top 25 slalom skiers qualifying for next week's World Cup Finals Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

"The second run was really, really tough, so bumpy!" race winner Clement Noel said afterwards. "I don't know how, but I managed to ski fast in the second run, so I'm really happy with this performance today.

"I'm more than happy to share the podium with Victor (Muffat-Jeandet). It's his first podium in slalom, so a great day for us and I'm really happy.

On Schwarz's slalom World Cup victory he said:

"It was one of my goals (to win) this season alongside the world championships, but it's not always easy to achieve our goals. Congrat's to Marco who was super fast and super consistent all season and I hope I will compete with him next year."