Joel Chenal of France burst into tears of joy Sunday after his first World Cup victory.
Chenal beat favorite Hermann Maier of Austria in a giant slalom -- a discipline Maier has dominated.
"It is so emotional to win a race," Chenal said. "After all the tension, something just cracked and I cried."
Chenal, who had never finished better than fifth prior to Sunday, was timed in 2 minutes, 39.68 seconds, for two runs.
"I never dreamed of beating Maier -- who is such a champion -- on this extra tough course," Chenal said.
Maier, who has won five times this season, finished second at 2:39.76. He won the first two giant slaloms this season and was the heavy favorite Sunday.