Prommegger and Ledecka win PGS in Turkey
Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) came out victorious of this season's last parallel giant slalom World Cup facing tough and foggy weather conditions in Kayseri, Turkey which celebrated its debut as a World Cup host.
After three training days blessed with a blue-bird sky in Kapadokien, all topped with warm temperatures, the race day of the season's pgs finals turned out to be as uncomfortable as it can get.
Rain, snow, cold wind and and poor visibility not only made it a hard day for the snoeboarders in their office but also forced Race Officials to postpone the start of the final knock out rounds by 15 minutes twice.
When the weather finally cleared up a little bit at 1:30 local time, racers were ready to fight for the last pgs World Cup points in their season's third and final parallel giant slalom competition which in the end turned out into a Ledecka show - again.
Winning the third out of three races ahead of Austrian athletes Sabine Schoeffmann and Ina Meschik, the 2015 parallel slalom world champion, who now has a total of six World cup wins under her belt, became the undisputed and unbeaten PGS World Cup title winner and therefore the second Czech to ever being awarded with the Crystal Globe.
“The race wasn't as bad as everybody thought with all the bad weather. But they were able to pull it off although it was hard for the fans as they could hardly see the finish line.
It's been another different course this season and I'm happy how everything turned out today and with the title. It was a great race,” she said.
In addition, the 20-year-old from Prague is also looking good to win the overall alpine snowboard World Cup title sitting in first position with 4,390 point having a comfortable lead of 930 points on Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS, 3,460) who missed the podium as fourth today.
Prommegger finally on top again
In the men's event, Andreas Prommegger secured his 13th career win. The three-time Olympian edged off Rok Marguc (SLO) to the second rank with Patrick Bussler (GER) rounding out the podium as third.
It was a special win for the Austrian racer who had to wait for that moment almost three years:
“We had three perfect days for training here in Turkey, so today was difficult in regards of visibility. But the organisation did a perfect job and we were able to have that race. I'm very happy about this victory. And I want to dedicate this victory to my grandpa who closed his eyes forever two days ago. It's a perfect victory.”
Historic triumph for Sobolev
Andrey Sobolev (RUS), the reigning pgs world champion, finished in fourth position and therefore came out successful of the close duel with Radoslav Yankov (BUL) for the men's Crystal globe.
Both had been sitting in first position going into the last pgs event of the year but as this season's rising star Yankov was eliminated in the quarter finals Sobolev became the first ever male snowboarder from Russia to win a snowboard World Cup title.
“I had a great season. I have to admit that I didn't expect Rado [Yankov] being a rival in the race for the Crystal Globe but when I saw him starting to win Europa Cups, I knew that he would be my main rival.
And as the last race would decide over the title, I was motivated to win the title. I'm happy I did it,” explained the new title holder.
Yankov (BUL) who in the end finished in seventh position might have lost the battle for the small Crystal Globe but is still looking good in the race for the overall title leading the pack with 3,650 points.
Parallel slalom World Cup leader Roland Fischnaller who had to settle with the 13th rank today is already 830 points behind (2,820).
The alpine snowboard World Cup tour will come to a close in Germany next week when Winterberg hosts the final parallel slalom of the season on March 6th, 2016.