Moenne Loccoz wins Snowboard Cross in Veysonnaz
Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) has won her career's first in today's sixth and thus penultimate snowboard cross event of the FIS Snowboard World Cup's running season which was staged in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.
In the finals, Moenne Loccoz had been trailing leading woman Dominique Maltais (CAN) from the start but stood cool and sniffed her chance.
When Maltais left a little door open, the young French rider, who fought her way from position five to the front, went for it and passed the veteran on the home stretch of the course.
“I try not to look at the numeric results during [a race]. I just want to do my best on the course and be fast, and if I do everything, I will be on the podium for sure.
Today, I wanted to give everything, because [for me] it was to have a podium or nothing, so I tried it and it worked,” said the first-timer.
However, Maltais (CAN), who rounded out the podium with Eva Samkova (CZE) as second and third, wasn't disappointed at all.
No wonder as the second rank was equal to her career's fourth World Cup title, her third consecutive one.
“I’m really happy with the title. I put a lot of pressure on my shoulder,” explained the fire fighter after her three-peat.
“I kind of injured myself a bit this morning during training, so I really had to push every run, so that’s what I did. I gave everything for the final and was leading the race until the end where Nelly passed me but I’m really happy – it was a good final and I’m really happy with my second place.”
Watch the women's final here!
A first in history in the men's competition
On the men's side, Alex Pullin (AUS) and Mateusz Ligcki (POL) became the first snowboard cross riders to share a victory with Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) taking third.
Like in the women's final, it all came down to the last part of the pretty straight course in Veysonnaz when Ligocki sneaked in in the final turn thus earning his career's second in the end and also secured his spot in the season's finals of the top 50 taking place in Sierra Nevada, Spain, on March 21.
“Alex is the best rider in the world right now. It’s amazing that I could pass that kind of rider in the last bank – then being a leader until the end, and then he caught me and he came first, too,” said Ligocki still excited.
His co-winner Pullin, who celebrated his career's fourth win said: “I prefer a course with a bit more features – it’s pretty straight, so there’s going to be a bit of drag, so I just really had to nail the hole shot and get as much lead as I could – I knew they were going to gain on me in that finish section.
In the last turn Ligocki went down the inside which put him into the lead, but he didn’t have as much speed, so I was chasing him down. We came together which killed my speed a little bit, but I still got my board across and it turns out we were a dead heat! It’s been so close all season.”
However, since 2011, the rider from down under is once again the undisputed champion – in the world as well as in the World Cup being crowned World Champion and World Cup winner.
According to this, Chumpy has the honour of the last words: “It’s been a killer season. I couldn’t be more happy with winning another title.”
Watch the men's final here!
Final results women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/SB/7529/7529RLR0.pdf
Final bracket women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/SB/7529/7529RLRF.pdf
SBX World Cup ranking women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/SB/7529/7529WCS.pdf
Final results men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/SB/7530/7530RLR0.pdf
Final bracket men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/SB/7530/7530RLRF.pdf
SBX World Cup ranking men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/SB/7530/7530WCS.pdf