Dominique Maltais clinches women's Snowboard Cross World Cup opener in Montafon
Dominique Maltais (CAN) underlined today who is currently the top gun in snowboard cross racing when the 2006 Olympic Bronze medalist clinched the women's SBX World Cup opener in Schruns/Montafon, Austria.
Facing tough weather conditions throughout the whole day, the World Cup title defender edged off Raffaella Brutto (ITA) and Belle Brockhoff (AUS) to second and third who both nailed their career's first World Cup podium finishes.
Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) came in fourth in the women's final which delivered some thrilling and exciting passes and change of the leadership.
Especially as Moenne Loccoz, who gunned out the start into the leading position and Maltais fought back and fore for the victory.
In the end, the Canadian top gun had the better end when she passed the French rider in the last roller section.
“I gave everything in my last run because I knew that she (Moenne Loccoz) would be very fast. The plan was to pass her in the roller section and this is what I did. It might have been a hard manoeuvre but this is part of the game,” said Maltais.
With the next race coming up in just one week in Telluride, USA, Maltais now experiences a real motivation boost.
“This is a fantastic result for sure but my main goal this season is the home race at the World Championships in Stoneham and Sochi. However, this was the perfect mind-set for it.”
While Maltais took it all, Moenne Loccoz ended up with nothing as she crashed over the last kicker in second position thus missing her first victory again.
“It was a close race but I'm not disappointed. I'm happy to be able to race at all as I heard my left ankle last month in Hintertux, Austria.”
Also all smiles were Raffaella Brutto and Belle Brockhoff who both had their problems with realising the hard facts: a top-3 result.
“I'm super happy. I was fourth several times before but today the summer training did pay off. I can't believe it at all,” summed up Brutto while the race from down under drew a similar line.