Kristoffersen storms Chamonix ski slalom

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Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen celebrates with champagne after winning the Chamonix slalom

After his crash the day before, Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen produced two top-class descents Sunday to win the Chamonix World Cup slalom with a stylish return to form.

After timing fastest on the first run, Kristoffersen conquered a cut-up piste on melting snow as last man down the start ramp with a rampaging second run in bright sunshine.

He did enough as the degraded slope became ever more sluggish to edge Swiss skier Ramon Zenhaeusern by 0.28sec.

Another Swiss, Simon Simonet, who went at the start after finishing 30th in the first descent and barely qualified for the second run, recorded the fastest second-run time to jump to third for his first career podium finish.

Kristoffersen won with a combined time of 1min 37.81sec.

"When you win you feel good. Yesterday was a shame, because of the first gate I never really could show how I can ski on this kind of snow," the Norwegian said.

"I wasn't skiing bad this last races but I had some troubles on the ice. They are working really hard in Grenoble at the moment (at the Rossignol ski factory) to find something. On this kind of snow I have the best material in the world. When it’s like this I can just ski, everything is working,"

Austrian slalom standings leader Marco Schwarz came sixth and overall French standings leader Alexis Pinturault was second in the first run but finished tied for eighth.

French tyro Clement Noel was another victim of the bad weather as he followed with his tail between his legs in 44th position.