(Schladming) Austria’s Marco Schwarz improved his sixth place in the first downhill to win the night slalom at Schladming by a large margin on Tuesday.
Schwarz finished the World Cup race in one minute, 44.04 seconds (1: 44.04), 68 hundredths ahead of Clément Noël.
Another Frenchman, Alexis Pinturault, completed the podium, 82 hundredths behind the winner thanks to the best time in the second run, which pushed him up eight places.
Canadians have had a difficult day. Erik Read is the only one to have completed both heats, in 22e place, nearly four seconds behind the winner. Justin Alkier did not qualify, while Asher Jordan did not start.
This Schwarz podium is his sixth in seven slaloms this season. The Austrian, who increased his lead in the discipline standings, won in Adelboden and became the first skier to win two slaloms this season.
His compatriot Manuel Feller held a significant lead after the first run, but found himself off course after the sixth gate of his last run.
Norwegian Sebastian Foss-Solevag was second halfway through the race, but slipped to fourth.
In his last career race after 21 years on the World Cup circuit, Julien Lizeroux missed his qualification for the second round, four hours after his wife, Tessa Worley, won the giant slalom in Italy.
Lizeroux and Worley were both part of the France team which won the team event at the St. Moritz Worlds four years ago.
The Schladming race is usually presented in front of more than 45,000 spectators gathered on each side of the track, but fans were unable to attend this year due to the very strict sanitary measures adopted in Austria.