Alpine snowboard World Cup tour turns into home straight

25 February 2016 12:23
All eyes on Ester Ledecka who is aiming for her career's first World Cup title
All eyes on Ester Ledecka who is aiming for her career's first World Cup title -
Oliver Kraus

With the last stop of the alpine snowboard World Cup tour dating back to end of January, the world's best raceboarders are gearing up for their final events of the 2015-16 season.

On February 27th, 2016, the penultimate race of the year will be staged in Kayseri marking a first in the history of the FIS. The first ever event of the alpine snowboard World Cup on Turkish soil will be this winter's last parallel giant slalom (single run format) and therefore bring the decision in the race for the pgs Crystal Globe.

Right now, everything looks like Ester Ledecka (CZE) will earn her career's first title as a twelfth place finish and therefore 220 points would definitely make her untouchable in the standings.

Looking back on her performance this season so far, it's most likely that the 2015 world champion, who became the first ever athlete to compete on both, the snowboard and alpine World Cup tour recently, won't hand over the reins.

Having won both parallel giant slaloms which took place so far, Ledecka is ready for the triple.

The only two riders with theoretical chances to pipping her to the post are Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) and Marion Kreiner (AUT) who have both accumulated 1,200 points so far and would need a win (1,000) to maybe pass current World Cup leader Ledecka (2,000).

In the men's event, everything is set for a showdown between Andrey Sobolev (RUS) and Radoslav Yankov (BUL) who have had a first and a second rank finish in the running pgs World Cup season so far.

No matter who of them comes out successful, it will be an historic result.

While Yankov would be the first ever Bulgarian to claim a World Cup title, Sobolev would be the first male rider from Russia to do so, too.

Back in 2011, Ekaterina Tudegesheva became the first and so far sole Russian to win the Crystal Globe (parallel, overall).

Time schedule

While qualifiers will kick off on February 27th, 2016, at 9 AM local time (8 AM CET), the finals are slated for 1 PM local time (12 PM CET). The full schedule can be viewed online.

TV times

There are several TV stations which will broadcast this season's last pgs World Cup race live: Eurosport Asia, Eurosport (streaming live on eurosportplayer.com), ORF Sport+ in Austria, BNT in Bulgaria as well as MCS in France, Belgium and Portugal.