“It’s a wonderful event. The audience was numerous and it created a great atmosphere. ”These are the words of the French slalomist Clément Noël. Winner of the Crans-Montana night slalom for the second time in two editions, the Vosgien would not be against the organization of a World Cup event on Mont Lachaux, which joins the Nationale. “It’s true that the track seems to suit me well,” he says. If we started a little higher, it could be a nice World Cup track. The organization and infrastructure are in any case already at the level, it would be enough to add a few spots to improve the lighting a little. ”

In addition to a nice bonus of 20,000 francs, this victory allowed him to build up confidence after his disappointment on Sunday in Adelboden, where he had straddled. “It’s sure there was a lot of frustration because I was in the running for a great result. But it’s now forgotten and I’m looking forward to continuing with Wengen. ”Most skiers plan to train again on Thursday and Friday on the Haut-Plateau, unless the racing program is turned upside down in the Oberland Oberland. The heavy snowfall announced at Wengen could indeed force the organizers to reverse the descent, initially scheduled for Saturday, and the slalom on Sunday. Answer Thursday morning…

Home podium for Marc Rochat

Certainly beaten by the French, Swiss skiers still delighted their audience. Ramon Zenhäusern and Marc Rochat are notably on the podium. A moving moment for the Vaudois who learned to ski on the slopes of Crans-Montana. “I started dreaming when I saw Alberto Tomba win a World Cup here,” he says. It’s a great joy to be able to run at home. I hope that this kind of event can excite the Valais public and motivate the next generation. ”The organization had, in fact, offered the opportunity to some young skiers from the region to mingle with the professionals.

“At their age, I would have dreamed of being able to participate in a race like this. It is very enriching for them to be able to rub shoulders with the best slalomers on the planet, to observe their routines. ”With this podium, Marc Rochat also confirms his good form of the moment, he who has just linked two good results at Madonna di Campiglio and Adelboden. What to start Friday in Wengen with full confidence: “I will again have a very high bib so I will do my best but I do not expect a miracle. From Kitzbühel, the new points will come into effect and I will be able to start between bib number 30 and 35, which will help me for the end of season races, where the snow is milder. ”

Tanguy Nef lends his glasses to a young skier

Welcomed as a hero by the Valais public after having marked the history of Swiss skiing this weekend, Daniel Yule experienced elimination in the second round. “As a competitor, obviously this annoyance out of the track, explains the skier from La Fouly. After, to choose, I prefer to go out here than Sunday in Wengen. “His mishap did not prevent him from enjoying the atmosphere:” It was a real ski holiday. There was an improvement in the organization compared to last year and we can only hope that it continues like this. ”

Same story with Tanguy Nef. If he was also eliminated during the second course, the Genevan very much enjoyed his evening on the Haut-Plateau: “We are a bit like superstars with young people, especially when we speak French. I think this race is a great showcase for our sport and has potential for the future. It is a great experience to be able to share our passion with the next generation. A young man wrote to me yesterday on Instagram because he didn’t have glasses for the night so I was able to lend him a pair of glasses during the race. ”

Eliminated in the second round at Adelboden while he was in the running for the podium, Tanguy Nef claims to have digested this disappointment. “I went to see my mental coach for the first time in 5 years. I’m really getting nothing but positive because I’ve proven that I can aim for the podium. It is with this in mind that I am leaving for the next slaloms. ”

Text: Robin Torrent / Video: Laurent Morel & Johan Tachet, Crans-Montana


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