Noël returns to form, leads 1st run of World Cup slalom –

Clément Noël found his best form again to take a clear first-run lead in a World Cup slalom on Sunday.

Loic Meillard of Switzerland was third fastest, with 0.42 to make up on Noël in the afternoon run.

Noël has yet to achieve the results that saw him edged for the World Cup slalom title last season, 552-550 points by Henrik Kristoffersen.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has a season-best fifth place in three races, after finishing no worse than fourth in the slaloms he completed last season, when he also won three times.

Alexis Pinturault, the World Cup overall standings leader, was 1.34 back in 16th place and Filip Zubcic went out by straddling a gate.

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