Schwarz wins Schladming slalom under lights

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Austria's Marco Schwarz won the Schladming World Cup slalom

Austria's Marco Schwarz won the floodlit World Cup Schladming slalom held in swirling snow on Tuesday.

This night-time event would typically be attended by tens of thousands of fans in a festive atmosphere where the odd snowball would be cast at speeding competitors.

But under Austria's coronavirus protocol the worsening snow was the greatest threat and contributed to first run leader Manuel Feller skiing out in poor visibility.

Schwarz now has six podiums in seven slaloms and was the man to beat as he went into the event top of the discipline standings, so extended his lead here.

The Austrian had come sixth in the first run earlier in the day and was 0.68sec faster over the two legs than Clement Noel with Alexis Pinturault third at 0.82.

Pinturault was the fastest man on the hard-packed snow on the second run and remains top of the overall World Cup standings.

"It proves you should never give up, I really wasn't expecting to go from 1.7sec behind to take third place," said Pinturault.

The Frenchman has 860 points with Swiss breakout star Marco Odermatt on 607 and Schwarz up to third on 566.

Next weekend the World Cup travels to Chamonix for two further slaloms.