French dominate Team SBX in Montafon
French duos have claimed victory at today's snowboard cross team event staged in Montafon, Austria.
On the same course which already hosted some tight individual racing yesterday, Nelly Moenne Loccoz kept the momentum from her triumph yesterday, bringing home an impressive back-to-back win with 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Chloe Trespeuch.
“It's very good to win two races in two days. I really had a good feeling on the course so it was easy to choose the same line as yesterday.Chloe did a perfect job coming in first so I just had to keep the lead through the finish line,” said Nelly Moenne Loccoz.
USA1 with Lindsey Jacobellis and Faye Gulini as well as SUI1 consisting of Simona Meiler and Alexandra Hasler rounded out the podium as second and third, respectively.
Jacobellis, who lost the victory yesterday due to a jury decision said of her second runner-up finish:
“It was challenging. Everyone is tired but we're giving it all. It was the first time I started second and it's very nerve-wracking. It was just about hunting it down and both, Faye and I, went our hardest.”
Austria's local favourite Susanne Moll's World Cup career concluded in a way no one would wish on a snake.
The Vorarlberg local, who entered the course as second rider of team AUT1, crashed right after the start and had to be transported to the hospital with a suspected concussion and knee issues. As a result, Moll and Maria Ramberger, the 2012 Montafon winners, finished in fourth position.
In the men's event, French Olympic heroes Pierre Vaultier (gold 2014) and Tony Ramoin (bronze 2010) ruled the men's event like their female teammates Moenne Loccoz and Trespeuch celebrating a clean start-finish victory ahead of Fabio Cordi and Luca Matteotti of ITA2 while yesterday's triumphant local heroes Alessandro Haemmerle and Markus Schairer of AUT1 placed third.
“It's always a lot of stress and lot of tension. The way to the final is long, and even when you're already there, the job is not done yet. Tony did a great job going first, and then I just had to keep on,” recapped Vaultier before Ramoin explained:
“While we didn't do that well yesterday, we proved today that our team is strong and fast. It's a great feeling to win today in front of such a big crowd in Montafon.”
Likes yesterday, a massive crowd of enthusiastic sbx fans had set a perfect scene for the world's best athletes to compete in tight head to head duels making the Montafon World Cup the perfect opener for a season which is expected to be a thrilling one with all eyes focused on the race for the Crystal Globe.
The snowboard cross World Cup tour will now take a break over the Christmas holidays with the world's best riders returning to action in Feldberg, Germany for a double event scheduled for January 22nd till 24th, 2016.