Maltais and Pullin triumph in second snowboard cross at Veysonnaz
Maltais, the defending World Cup title champion riding her career's last season, had dominated her quarter and semi finals already before celebrating a wire to wire win in the ladies finals.
“I'm really happy about the win. I wanted to take it easy this year because it's my last World Cup season but I always want to finish on the podium. And I knew I could win this one. I like the course and I knew that I can be fast here,” said Maltais who had also won the 2014 event in Veysonnaz.
Bringing home her career's 15th win, the 2014 Olympic silver medallist relegated French riders Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Chloe Trespeuch to second and third, respectively; a result which equalled a consecutive podium finish for both of them.
By locking in another runner-up finish today after being defeated in a photo finish, Moenne Loccoz took over the World Cup lead with 1,600 leading with 100 over today's fifth Michela Moioli (ITA) with only one more race to go.
“I'm pretty happy to lead the World Cup now. That kind of made my day because I was disappointed finishing second again today. I will try everything possible to keep the yellow leader-bib,” Moenne Loccoz, the 2015 world championships silver medallist stated.
In the men's event, Pullin, who looked strong over the whole course of the day bringing home the hole shot in each of his heats, claimed his careers fifth ahead of yesterday's winner and World Cup leader Lucas Eguibar (SPA, 1,800).
Coming into the back-to-back race seethed with anger, Pullin was pleased with the redemption for yesterday's 21st rank finish: “I feel really good. Today, I really wanted to make it happen. I was a little bit disappointed yesterday, and came up today really hungry. You had to ride with a bit more feeling because the light was pretty flat. Standing on top today is a really good victory.”
And also runner up Lucas Eguibar was all smiles while keeping the yellow leader-bib: “It's been a perfect weekend for me in Veysonnaz. It's unbelievable. Now I will work hard and keep on focusing on the last race to keep the World Cup lead.”
2015 world championships silver medallist Kevin Hill (CAN) secured the third rank after he had battled off an attack of Jarryd Hughes (AUS) on the home stretch.
The FIS SBX World Cup tour concludes next weekend with the third and last race staged in La Molina, Spain on March 21st with the finals scheduled for 12:15 PM CET.