Ledecka and Sobolev win Rolga PGS
Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Andrey Sobolev (RUS) have clinched this season's second parallel giant slalom World Cup event which was staged on the famous Jasa slope in Rogla, Slovenia today.
The Czech 2015 parallel slalom world champion celebrated a back-to-back win on the PGS World Cup circuit earning her career's fifth World Cup triumph by capitalizing on a riding mistake of her rival in the big final, last year's Rogla winner Marion Kreiner from Austria.
“It was a perfect day for me. I enjoyed each and every run. It was a great course on a nice hill,” said Ledecka while Kreiner answered: “I'm happy about my first podium this season. Of course my goal was to win, but it is never easy against Ester [Ledecka].
In addition, the red course had already a few icy parts which didn't allow to go full speed. Nevertheless, I went all in but had a mistake. But I'm happy about the second rank.”
With the second pgs win of the season to her belt, Ledecka therefore is not only the undisputed leader of the PGS World Cup standings but also took over the overall lead from Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS), who gave her best to keep the gap as small as possible by finishing third.
Tudegesheva crossed the finish line only five hundredths ahead of her young and talented Russian teammate Ekaterina Salikhova.
Sobolev goes for a tie
In the men's event, Sobolev, the reigning pgs world champion, claimed his career's second by beating overall World Cup leader Radoslav Yankov from Bulgaria.
It was also the repetition of the Carezza pgs final from this season's opener, just with a vice versa result which puts both riders now on a tied first position of the pgs World Cup standings.
“I'm just happy. As happy as every time I make it on the podium. During the qualifiers I noticed that I get along well with the course and that I would have a good chance to win,” explained Sobolev.
However, while the race in Kayseri, Turkey will now feature a true showdown between the both tall racers, Yankov has a comfortable lead of more than 1,000 points on Sobolev in the race for the big Crystal Globe.
But this season's shooting star keeps on playing it cool: “I might be the big favourite for the overall title now but there a few more competitions to come. So nothing is decided yet. But yeah, I'm the leader and I will try to keep the position.”
Two-time Olympic champion Vic Wild (RUS) rounded out the podium as third while his fellow countryman Stanislav Detkov had to settle for fourth on a day what made the Russian raceboard team proud with five out of eight possible semi finalists.
A result which came just in time as the World Cup circuit will travel to Russia next weekend for a parallel slalom race under the lights held on the ramp right in the heart of Moscow on January 30th, 2016.