Samkova and Visintin triumph in Vallnord-Arcalís
Eva Samkova (CZE) and Omar Visintin (ITA) won the second race of the double snowboard cross event at Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra, today.
The three-time Junior World Champion relegated current World Cup leader Dominique Maltais (CAN) and US SBX star Lindsey Jacobellis to second and third place in the ladies' finals.
Samkova said of the win: "It was a perfect day. There are some really good girls on this tour. Everyone has been fighting for the win while still enjoying themselves. Today, I just had a very good day. It was really fun, and a very good and fun course. I am extremely happy.”
Her main rival on the fast course in Vallnord-Arcalís today Dominique Maltais said:
“In the finals, I was leading the race almost all the way down but then I made a mistake. Eva was in great shape today and she deserves the victory.”
More than that, the 2006 Olympic Bronze medalist is absolutely pleased with her World Cup weekend in Andorra: “Today was another great race, two great races in two days. Yesterday, I claimed first and today second, it couldn’t be any better.”
Visintin takes over World Cup lead
On the men's side, Visintin earned his career's second in the last pre-Olympic race thus also taking over the lead in the men's FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup standings with 2,426.
“It’s a great feeling that after the podium yesterday, I finished first today. It’s awesome! My season has been going really well so far. I have never been to Vallnord-Arcalís before. We loved the track and wish to come back!,” stated the runner-up of the World Cup opener in Austria.
Lucas Eguibar claimed the second spot in the men's finals thus celebrating his career's best result while Luca Matteotti (ITA), who rounded out the podium as third, was happy bringing home his career's third top-3 finish for which he had waited more than three years.
In addition, today brought also the best World Cup results for Jussi Taka (FIN, 4th) and Sandra Gerber (SUI, 10th).
The FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup takes a break of almost two months now due to the postponement of the Veysonnaz World Cup event and will be back to action after the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi beginning of March.