Dominique Maltais clinches career's fifth World Cup title in Veysonnaz
Fabio Cordi takes career's first World Cup win
Dominique Maltais (CAN) and Fabio Cordi (ITA) have come out successfully of the 2014 FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup season's penultimate race which was staged in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, today.
In the ladies' final heat of six, the 2014 Sochi Silver medallist edged off Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) and Alexandra Jekova (BUL) to second and third respectively, and thus secured her fourth consecutive and fifth career World Cup title.
“I'm very happy. It was hard to find the right motivation after the Olympic Winter Games. But knowing that the Crystal Globe was waiting for me helped.
I had to win this one to secure the title. So I gave everything I had and did it. I'm very happy,” said the best qualifier after having not only dominated the finals but also the runs before.
On the men's side, Cordi celebrated his career's first ever World Cup win ahead of Anton Lindfors (FIN), who was also able to bring home the so far best result of his World Cup career.
Christopher Robanske (CAN) rounded out the podium as third.
“I'm super happy about my first World Cup win. I never dreamed of something like this. That it could go well, yes, but never of a win,” explained Cordi who led a superb result of the Italian team with six guys in the top-10.
However, the team performance could have gone better but when Michele Godino (ITA) hit the tail of leading rider Cordi in the top section misfortune took its course in the men's final run.
It eventually led to a crash of Godino as well as third and fourth placed Tommaso Leoni (ITA) and Konstantin Schad (GER) and thus dashed all hopes of team Italia for a podium sweep as Lindfors and Robanske finally capitalize on their rivals bad luck during the men's finals.
Finals in Spain look promising
However, the squadra azzurra still has another iron in the fire for the season's finals at La Molina.
While Maltais (4,400 points) has already clinched the World Cup title on the women's side with only one more race to go in Spain, two racers will battle it out on March 14 and 15 on the men's side of things.
One is Italian World Cup leader Omar Visintin (ITA, 2,786), the other one is Jarryd Hughes (AUS, 2,090) who would need more or less a win to place his hands on the Crystal Globe.
Visintin would only need an eight place finish to bring home the precious hardware for sure.