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:
RankSurnameFirst NameNatSponsorFinal Combined Time
1*VON SIEBENTHALSteffiSUIBURTON119,13
2KOECKBrigitteAUTF2O’NEILL119,3
3LIVERSNadiaSUIF2119,31
4HIMMLERKatharinaGERTD1BURTON120,85
5NEURURERHeidiAUTBURTON121
6HOFFMANNBabsiAUTHOT121,06
7KRINGSDorisAUTOBERTAUER121,59
8MEISSERMilenaSUIF2121,85
9JAUFENTHALERHeidiAUTTD1BURTON121,99
10GROSSENBACHERIlonaSUIOXYGEN122,67
11BLASSNIGSabinaAUTVIRUS124,12
12+KELLENBERGERKathrinSUIBURTON127,36
13TRUDELIvanaCANHOT
14SPONSALEBarbaraITAVOELKL
15GSCHWENDTNERBarbaraAUTLACTAT
16UHLMANNTanjaSUIF2
17TSCHABOLDNadineSUIVOELKL
18MACHIDAYoshikoJPNBURTON
19ROHRWECKEva-MariaAUTOXYGEN
20KOTANIChiekoJPNBC.BULLET
21VON KAENELRebekaSUIFRITSCHI
22VON MERTENKatjaGERVOELKL
23BUEHLERPerrineSUIF2
24ENGLISCHTinaAUTF2SMITH
25MASUJISaoriJPNGRAYJAM
26KIMURAKeikoJPNGRAYZIEAL
27TAKAHASHIMasakoJPNBC-STREAM
28KLAMPFLEvaAUTBELOWZERO
29MADONOTomokoJPNMOSS
30TAKEDARikaJPNYONEX
31NAKAMURAHirokoJPNROSSIGNOL
32UESHIMAShinobuJPNSIMS
33TAKEBAKaekoJPNBURTON
SEDOVAJanaSVKBURTON
MEULIDanielaSUIHOT
ELZENBAUMERBiancaITABURTON
ZUPANPolonaSLOF2
MOTTUCorinneSUINIDECKER
BRUHINUrsulaSUIF2
DAL BALCONIsabellaITAF2O’NEILL
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Results Motorola ISF Tour, UBS Laax Takeoff, GS men:
RankSurnameFirst NameNatSponsorFinal Combined Time
1GRABNERSiegfriedAUTBURTON106,65
2KESTENHOLZUeliSUISCOTT107,61
3SCHOCHPhilippSUIF2108,27
4EISELINUrsSUINIDECKER108,76
5RINGGerryAUTZIENERSCO111,08
6KAITALAJanneFINBURTON112,1
7SALVATISimoneITABURTON112,28
8SCHOCHSimonSUIF2112,34
9FLANDERRokSLONOVA LB113,05
10DABRINGERMichiAUTBURTON113,38
11OBERMOSERGeraldAUTHOT113,58
12BOECKStefanAUTOOEF2CP113,92
13MAEKAWAJunJPNHOT114,49
14MUTSCHLECHNERHannesITAF2-DEHN114,56
15DUFFSaschaSUISCOTTUSA114,92
16HILFIKERMarcelSUIF2115,84
17DEUBLAlexanderGERTD1BURTON115,883
18INNIGERHeinzSUIVOELKL116,49
19NOGUERESebastienFRA116,54
20KNABLStefanAUTBURTON118,56
21JAQUETGillesSUISCOTT
22+SEGURAChristopheFRABURTON
23GUGGENBERGERMarkusAUTSUKO
24GRUETTERAndreSUIBURTON
25TSCHERNIGChristianAUTSUKOFANAT
26YOONDong HyukKORMOSS
27GEILERManuelAUTTSUHEINFELS
28STRIGLMathiasAUTHOT
29ARPAGAUSMarcusSUIF2
30BOLTMartinSUIVOELKL
31BAEHLERBjoernSUIFRITSCHI
32ALBRECHTToniSUISCOTT
33HANSELMANNChristianSUIMAMMUT
34SETTELEChristianGERABT
35KUDOHideakiJPNBURTONZAK
36HALDIRolandSUINIDECKER
37SUGIMOTOKojiJPNBURTON
38EGGERFelixAUTLEVIS HOT
39KALTENBACHSisleySUIOXESS
40BRUZEKViktorCZE- – -
41TENGGChristophAUTVOLKLSUKO
42CHRISTOFFELMarcelSUIVOELKL
43BUEHLERCyrillSUIF2
44EISELINAndreasSUIEISSPORT
45NAGAOKAHideakiJPNHOTCHIEM
46NARITAMotokazuJPNBC STREAM
47PRIELMAIERAndreasGERF2
48GERBERMarkusSUIWILDDUCK
49DANYujiJPNNITRO ESP
50+ZERPELLONIWalterITANIDECKER
51UHLMANNManuelSUIF2REDBULL
52AMMANNHans-RuediSUIHOT
53SZOBEKFlorianAUTO’NEILL
54EGGERChristophAUTBURTON
55HATTORIFuyukiAUSHIF/FTAN
56SPOERRIPascalSUIF2RAICHLE
57ZOGGMartinSUIF2
58BERNHARDTGuenterGERSCOTT
59SCHNIDRIGLouisSUIVOELKL
60STAEHLILukasSUIFANATIC
61SCHULERStefanSUIBOLLE
62DAENZERMarkusSUIFRITSCHI
63SASAKIKentaroJPNBURTONPPZ
64CADUFFMarcelSUI
65SUSTERSICIzidorSLOFUNSPORTS
66KANDATakayoshiJPNBC STREAM
67OKISHIMAKentaJPNBURTON
68MATSUMOTOYoshiyukiJPNF2 VIENTO
69GUMILARJuergenAUTBLUETOMATOE
70NAKAGAWADaisukeJPNBURTONZAK
71WALCHERThomasAUTLACTAT
72BONGMin HoKORVOLKL
WALCHERJoergAUTHOTCHRIST
WIESERWalterAUTSKIWILLY
BOESCHRuediSUIVOELKL