Omar Visintin secures SBX World Cup title
The La Molina time trials have wrapped up with a very unexpected result. As his main rival in the race for the Crystal Globe failed to qualify for tomorrow's finals Italian racer Omar Visintin has already clinched his career's first ever World cup title.
Visintin became the 2nd Italian ever to win the SBX World Cup title since Elmar Messner won the inaugural SBX tour back in 1997.
The South Tyrolean who finished in eighth position today and will thus meet Veysonnaz podium spotters Anton Lindfors (ITA) and Christopher Robanske (CAN) along with Baptiste Brochu (CAN) in his 1/8 round capitalized on a bad day of Jarryd Hughes.
The Australian title hopeful fell in his first run and couldn't step it up in his second wrapping up his first ever complete World Cup season as 44 of 46 athletes who competed in this winter last SBX event in Spain.
The 18-year-old from Sidney, who sits in second position in the World Cup ranking, is thus forced to pray that his competitors won't pass him in the standings.
However, while the last title decision is thus in the books, the battle for the last podium is still on – with two snowboarders looking very good: Germany's talent Paul Berg as well as Olympic Silver medallist Nikolay Olyunin (RUS) who both nailed it in 48.25 on the 920 metres long course.
Olympic Champion Pierre Vaultier (FRA, 48.61) placed third, Mick Dierdorff (USA, 48.63) and Markus Schairer (AUT, 48.65) fourth and fifth.
But there weren't only top times posted.
Besides Hughes, also David Speiser (GER) as 33rd, Stian Sivertzen (NOR) as 36th and Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) as 37th surprisingly failed to qualify for the finals of the top-32 which will take place tomorrow at 11:30 AM (CET) in heats of 4.
Jacobellis in good shape
On the women's side of things, Lindsey Jacobellis (USA, 51.00) posted the best time with Charlotte Bankes (FRA, 51.18), World Cup title winner Dominique Maltais (CAN, 51.37) and Alexandra Jekova (BUL, 51.39) following in second, third and fourth position respectively thus leading a heat of 4 each in the women's finals.
The finals will be broadcasted live on BNT1 (Bulgaria), MCS Extreme (FRA), Orange Sport (POL) and NTV+ Sport Online (RUS).