Foss-Solevaag is slalom world champion ahead of Pertl and Kristoffersen – Yule is fifth
Yule managed a classification in fifth that he had not yet achieved in the previous World Cup slaloms this season. The Valais twice finished seventh in a difficult winter for him. In the second round he made up four places.
Ramon Zenhäusern, who had been given the best chance of a top spot by the Swiss quartet, had already lost the decision in the first run. In the final ranking he was 11th.
The two-meter man was only in 21st place, which made a striking advance practically impossible. Due to the high temperatures and the feared deterioration of the slope conditions, the first 30 did not start in the second run as usual, but only the first 15 in reverse order. Loïc Meillard and Luca Aerni were eliminated in the first round.
Foss-Solevaag won the last race of these world championships ahead of Austrian Adrian Pertl, who was leading after the first run, and his compatriot Henrik Kristoffersen, who secured his first world championship medal in slalom. Foss-Solevaag was the first Norwegian to win gold in the slalom championship in 24 years and Tom Stiansen’s victory in Sestriere.
The Victory Drive from Foss-Solevaag. Video: SRF
The second-placed Pertl, who had set the fastest time in the first run, stepped into the breach for his higher-ranking team-mates. Marco Schwarz, the most consistent slalom driver this winter, and Manuel Feller retired in the second run. Michael Matt did not get past 9th place.
Pertl only jumped on the WM bandwagon at the last moment. Thanks to his 4th place in the last World Cup slalom in Chamonix, the Carinthian was preferred to Fabio Gstrein. (bal / sda)
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