Mont-Sainte-Anne/Quebec (CAN). Excellent conditions on the Suprenante slope at Mont-Sainte-Anne where the Giant Slalom as part of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup was held today. NOKIA team rider Matthieu Bozzetto from France and US girl Rosey Fletcher took the gold medals at the season’s fifth World Cup stage.
None of those who had arrived at Mont-Sainte-Anne on Monday would have ever expected conditions as excellent as today at the season’s third Giant Slalom race. After tremendous snow falls Wednesday night and all Thursday the sun has come out on Friday and stayed also for today’s competition. With all that fresh snow and the preparation over the past two days the slope was in perfect shape and nobody complained that the event had to be moved to the northern side of the mountain. French Matthieu Bozzetto was the fastest in both the first and the second run and got his second consecutive GS win under his belt. “I’m using a board with 186 centimeters length right now,” he explained his sudden success in single GS races. “The first time I tried it was in Whistler last week. It looks like this is the right one for me… Before Whistler I was almost ready to finish the GS but then I won. Here, I wanted to take advantage of the excellent snow and just got off the start gate like I did last week, there was nothing to lose and now it looks like I can really get there. Watch out, I’m sure there will be more…” Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson has only been in fourth position after the first run but with an excellent race in the second made his way up to second. “I have to be on those French, but I’m not these days,” he said, laughing. “I’m fine with second, my biggest pressure is to get some podiums to stay in the top seed, but it’s so competitive right now… you’ve got to have podiums if you like to stay in the top seed. I got my podium today, now I need another…” Walter Feichter from Italy surprisingly made it to third, his first-ever podium.Although only finishing ninth today, Austria’s Stefan Kaltschütz is still leading the GS World Cup standings (2090 points). With today’s win Bozzetto moved up to second (2036) ahead of Feichter (1240).
In the women’s race the US riders took revenge for the Sestriere race when they had to leave the win to France in the Parallel GS. Today they turned it around with Rosey Fletcher taking the gold and Sondra van Ert finishing second. Fletcher: “It was time to beat the French this time… Sondra was behind me after the first run but I know just from training how she can really turn it on when it counts so I had to push myself. In racing you push yourself and you do well or you fall…” And Sondra added: “That’s a great way to go home for the holiday. It’s really nice to go one and two and better than two three like in another race… Jan Wengelin setting the course for the second run may have helped a little, we know his tricks, I think…” Frances Karine Ruby finished third and was fine with that.Aasa Windahl from Sweden finished fourth today and is further leading the standings (2300 points) ahead of van Ert (1610) and Austria’s Manuela Riegler who ended up ninth today.
The Halfpipe will conclude the Mont-Sainte-Anne event tomorrow with the millenium’s last NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup competition