Maltais/Ricker and Wescott/Holland top podium of the Snowboard Cross team event at Telluride
Yesterday's winners of the FIS Snowboard World Cup season's second snowboard cross single race in Telluride, Colorado, have also underlined their strength in today's team SBX event.
While Dominique Maltais (CAN) and Maelle Ricker (CAN) clinched their first victory in a team race, Seth Wescott (USA) crowned his Golden weekend winning the men's race together with team mate Nate Holland (USA).
Simona Meiler (SUI) and Emilie Aubry (SUI) came in second in the women's finals edging of Raffaella Brutto (ITA) and Michela Moioli (ITA) to the third spot.
On the men's side, Tommaso Leoni (ITA) and Emanuel Perathoner (ITA) as well as Michael Haemmerle (AUT) and Hanno Douschan (AUT) rounded out the podium as second and third.
And just like yesterday, the winners of the men's race had to be determined in a photo finish, again, with a lucky outcome for Seth Wescott, who managed to set the final and decisive pass after the last jump.
“I messed up that upper flat and got out in the powder. So, I waited and played the draft to the end. I knew if I was on him coming to that last jump that I would be able to get him by the finish line. It was tight,” said Wescott all smiles.
The 36-years-old 2006 and 2010 Olympic Gold medalist thus topped a perfect weekend also knowing that he is finally back in the game.
“As I said yesterday it's so nice to feel healthy again. I think my head really wasn't in it last week in Austria, so it's nice to come home to the States and get the focus going and feel like I'm riding good again.”
While it was a bitter catch for Team Italy 1, young gun Tomaso Leoni wasn't disappointed it all:
“That was my second World Cup and it was amazing to make the last run with the best riders in the world. I'm very excited. This is the best day in my live.
It was very close. We were a bit unlucky but that's OK.”
First team event victory for Maltais/Ricker
On the women's side, the final wasn't as close as the men's race due to another great performance of the top ranked girls of yesterday's race.
After 2010 Olympic Champion Maelle Ricker had cultivated the soil handing over a big lead to Maltais, it was the women's field dominating rider to bring home the harvests.
“I'm super happy. It was a perfect weekend and a perfect season so far, too,” said the World Cup leader also pointing out that “we had some bad luck in the past and have never been able to win this one.
But last night, we were super pumped to win this one and finally leave with the Gold from this team event.”