Sigi Grabner (Burton/AUT) and Steffi von Siebenthal (SUI/Burton) win the second Alpine-competition of this season’s Motorola ISF Tour, the GS in Laax. But not only the sponsor and team unites today’s winners: Both come back after long injury-breaks.

Changing weather conditions but a great, nicely set course and many spectators along the course welcomed the world’s best alpine riders today on the Crap Sogn Gion above Laax. The visibility was changing and due to that, it were the general riding skills which made the difference today.

The first run was set in a rather straight, fast way which caused the first victims amongst the favorites: Motorola ISF Champ 99/00, Ursula Bruhin (SUI/F2) and vice champ Jana Sedova (SVK/Burton) already dropped out in the first run.Soelden winner Babsi Hoffmann took the lead and was pretty convinced about the second run, but did a mistake and could not get on the podium this time. Steffi von Siebenthal, injured since 11 months due to 2 knee operations and only 6th in the first run with more than 2 seconds behind, went full on: “I just went 100 percvent and it worked out! I am totally happy about this comeback after all these injury-hassles in the last year. I’m back!” she stated right after the competition. Second came Austrian F2 rider Gitti Koeck, 1/100 of a second faster than third placed Nadia Livers (SUI/F2).

At the men’s, last year’s winner Gilles Jaquet (SUI/Scott) made clear that he was planning to repeat his victory also this time: With 11/100 of a second he took the lead ahead of Austrian Sigi Grabner and Jaquet’s teammate, Ueli Kestenholz (SUI/Scott). Forth with another strong performance came the next swiss rider, Philipp Schoch (F2).In the finals, Jaquet as the leader was going as the 24th and last riders on the course, and Grabner, Kestenholz and Schoch, ranked 1, 2 and 3 at that time, were seing Jaquet again charging full power. He had the lead in the intermediate time and the video-wall displayed a very strong, aggressive riding, when at the third last gate everything was over for him: He slightly crashed, lost all his speed and that was it … Grabner indeed, now confirmed as winner was stoked: “Yesssss, in Soelden I had to stop during the race because of too much pain in my knee, now I am firstplaced and definately back on track. Watch out for me!” he stated. Fair statement from Ueli Kestenholz as well: “I am more happy for Sigi being back then for myself being only second.”

Results Motorola ISF Tour, UBS Laax Takeoff, GS women:
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor Final Combined Time
1 *VON SIEBENTHAL Steffi SUI BURTON 119,13
2 KOECK Brigitte AUT F2O’NEILL 119,3
3 LIVERS Nadia SUI F2 119,31
4 HIMMLER Katharina GER TD1BURTON 120,85
5 NEURURER Heidi AUT BURTON 121
6 HOFFMANN Babsi AUT HOT 121,06
7 KRINGS Doris AUT OBERTAUER 121,59
8 MEISSER Milena SUI F2 121,85
9 JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT TD1BURTON 121,99
10 GROSSENBACHER Ilona SUI OXYGEN 122,67
11 BLASSNIG Sabina AUT VIRUS 124,12
12 +KELLENBERGER Kathrin SUI BURTON 127,36
13 TRUDEL Ivana CAN HOT
14 SPONSALE Barbara ITA VOELKL
15 GSCHWENDTNER Barbara AUT LACTAT
16 UHLMANN Tanja SUI F2
17 TSCHABOLD Nadine SUI VOELKL
18 MACHIDA Yoshiko JPN BURTON
19 ROHRWECK Eva-Maria AUT OXYGEN
20 KOTANI Chieko JPN BC.BULLET
21 VON KAENEL Rebeka SUI FRITSCHI
22 VON MERTEN Katja GER VOELKL
23 BUEHLER Perrine SUI F2
24 ENGLISCH Tina AUT F2SMITH
25 MASUJI Saori JPN GRAYJAM
26 KIMURA Keiko JPN GRAYZIEAL
27 TAKAHASHI Masako JPN BC-STREAM
28 KLAMPFL Eva AUT BELOWZERO
29 MADONO Tomoko JPN MOSS
30 TAKEDA Rika JPN YONEX
31 NAKAMURA Hiroko JPN ROSSIGNOL
32 UESHIMA Shinobu JPN SIMS
33 TAKEBA Kaeko JPN BURTON
SEDOVA Jana SVK BURTON
MEULI Daniela SUI HOT
ELZENBAUMER Bianca ITA BURTON
ZUPAN Polona SLO F2
MOTTU Corinne SUI NIDECKER
BRUHIN Ursula SUI F2
DAL BALCON Isabella ITA F2O’NEILL
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Results Motorola ISF Tour, UBS Laax Takeoff, GS men:
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor Final Combined Time
1 GRABNER Siegfried AUT BURTON 106,65
2 KESTENHOLZ Ueli SUI SCOTT 107,61
3 SCHOCH Philipp SUI F2 108,27
4 EISELIN Urs SUI NIDECKER 108,76
5 RING Gerry AUT ZIENERSCO 111,08
6 KAITALA Janne FIN BURTON 112,1
7 SALVATI Simone ITA BURTON 112,28
8 SCHOCH Simon SUI F2 112,34
9 FLANDER Rok SLO NOVA LB 113,05
10 DABRINGER Michi AUT BURTON 113,38
11 OBERMOSER Gerald AUT HOT 113,58
12 BOECK Stefan AUT OOEF2CP 113,92
13 MAEKAWA Jun JPN HOT 114,49
14 MUTSCHLECHNER Hannes ITA F2-DEHN 114,56
15 DUFF Sascha SUI SCOTTUSA 114,92
16 HILFIKER Marcel SUI F2 115,84
17 DEUBL Alexander GER TD1BURTON 115,883
18 INNIGER Heinz SUI VOELKL 116,49
19 NOGUERE Sebastien FRA 116,54
20 KNABL Stefan AUT BURTON 118,56
21 JAQUET Gilles SUI SCOTT
22 +SEGURA Christophe FRA BURTON
23 GUGGENBERGER Markus AUT SUKO
24 GRUETTER Andre SUI BURTON
25 TSCHERNIG Christian AUT SUKOFANAT
26 YOON Dong Hyuk KOR MOSS
27 GEILER Manuel AUT TSUHEINFELS
28 STRIGL Mathias AUT HOT
29 ARPAGAUS Marcus SUI F2
30 BOLT Martin SUI VOELKL
31 BAEHLER Bjoern SUI FRITSCHI
32 ALBRECHT Toni SUI SCOTT
33 HANSELMANN Christian SUI MAMMUT
34 SETTELE Christian GER ABT
35 KUDO Hideaki JPN BURTONZAK
36 HALDI Roland SUI NIDECKER
37 SUGIMOTO Koji JPN BURTON
38 EGGER Felix AUT LEVIS HOT
39 KALTENBACH Sisley SUI OXESS
40 BRUZEK Viktor CZE – – –
41 TENGG Christoph AUT VOLKLSUKO
42 CHRISTOFFEL Marcel SUI VOELKL
43 BUEHLER Cyrill SUI F2
44 EISELIN Andreas SUI EISSPORT
45 NAGAOKA Hideaki JPN HOTCHIEM
46 NARITA Motokazu JPN BC STREAM
47 PRIELMAIER Andreas GER F2
48 GERBER Markus SUI WILDDUCK
49 DAN Yuji JPN NITRO ESP
50 +ZERPELLONI Walter ITA NIDECKER
51 UHLMANN Manuel SUI F2REDBULL
52 AMMANN Hans-Ruedi SUI HOT
53 SZOBEK Florian AUT O’NEILL
54 EGGER Christoph AUT BURTON
55 HATTORI Fuyuki AUS HIF/FTAN
56 SPOERRI Pascal SUI F2RAICHLE
57 ZOGG Martin SUI F2
58 BERNHARDT Guenter GER SCOTT
59 SCHNIDRIG Louis SUI VOELKL
60 STAEHLI Lukas SUI FANATIC
61 SCHULER Stefan SUI BOLLE
62 DAENZER Markus SUI FRITSCHI
63 SASAKI Kentaro JPN BURTONPPZ
64 CADUFF Marcel SUI
65 SUSTERSIC Izidor SLO FUNSPORTS
66 KANDA Takayoshi JPN BC STREAM
67 OKISHIMA Kenta JPN BURTON
68 MATSUMOTO Yoshiyuki JPN F2 VIENTO
69 GUMILAR Juergen AUT BLUETOMATOE
70 NAKAGAWA Daisuke JPN BURTONZAK
71 WALCHER Thomas AUT LACTAT
72 BONG Min Ho KOR VOLKL
WALCHER Joerg AUT HOTCHRIST
WIESER Walter AUT SKIWILLY
BOESCH Ruedi SUI VOELKL