Livigno (ITA). Huge banks, steep turns and a very narrow course, that’s what the participants of the 1999/2000 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup faced today at the season’s last Snowboard Cross race. In front of a crowd of 3,000 people Swiss NOKIA riders Guillaume Nantermod and Karine Ruby from France won the final race while Sweden’s Pontus Stahlkloo and the German Sandra Farmand claimed the Snowboard Cross overall.

The Snowboard Cross World Cup has been pretty much open until the last race with quite a few options in both the women’s and the men’s standings. Pontus Stahlkloo and Zeke Steggall from Down Under have been the two fighting for the men’s title but the big head-to-head duel between the two did not get to happen when the Australian badly crashed at the first huge bank in the quarter finals and could not continue racing (preliminary diagnosis: possibility of broken bones in his foot). Stahlkloo kept on, made it to the finals and finished fourth. “I’m glad I made it,” he said, “although I would have loved to win today. The course was huge in one way but it was very narrow so it was really hard to pass, almost impossible. When Zeke dropped out it was a safe way to win but it’s not funny, I’d rather see him in the final than crashing… For me it was the best season ever but it’s good to go home now and freeride for a couple of weeks.”

Guillaume Nantermod who has been in third place prior to the finals claimed his second win this season and finished second overall. “This is perfect, I’m very happy,” he said, “I wanted to win today, I have talked to Bozzetto and we agreed that it would be nice if I did like him yesterday. A course like the one we had here should be in place all the time. Instead of building them the day before the race it’s much better if it is prepared about ten days prior to a race like here.”

Further to his crash Steggall finished third overall. Left to mention that the two French riders Mathieu Chiquet and Sébastien Frank finished second and third place in today’s race.

Four women still had the chance to win the Snowboard Cross World Cup today. After Marie Laissus from France had missed to make it to the finals the decision remained with Carmen Ranigler from Italy, Austrian NOKIA team rider Manuela Riegler and Sandra Farmand from Germany. The two latter mentioned both made it to the final heat together with the French riders Karine Ruby and Emmanuelle Duboc.

Farmand needed to finish one place ahead of Riegler to make it to the top and she finally did: Ruby won the race while the German took second place, Duboc ended up third, Riegler went in fourth. “I knew approximately where I had to finish to make it,” she said, “first place would not have been sufficiant if Carmen had won. When she didn’t make it to the final heat I knew second place would be ok. The course was pretty tough but I’m glad I could show that I’m not only able to win flatter courses like in Madonna. This one here was completely different, steep and much more technical.”

With Sandra Farmand winning the Snowboard Cross chrystal globe for the first time ever in the six years history of the Snowboard FIS World Cup a German claimed such a title. Ranigler finally finished eighth place and took second overall. “I felt really good this morning and was thinking that I could have made it,” she said, “but in the second heat I hit a hole in a steep turn and just kept flying. From that moment on all my good mood was gone and I just could not pull it together anymore.”

Riegler took third in the Snowboard Cross ranking but at the same time made sure to defend her Overall World Cup title. “When I have advanced to the second heat in the finals I felt relieved and didn’t want to stress it to the limits,” the Austrian said, “I just wanted to finish whereever among the top eight and didn’t take any risk. I knew I could have claimed the globe but I’m fine with third place in the SBX standings, my major goal was the Overall and I’m saffe for this one since I needed to finish at least eleventh today.”

Men

121393987Nantermod, GuillaumeSUI1000
2221237526Chiquet, MathieuFRA800
3191449180Frank, SebastienFRA600
411234034Stahlkloo, PontusSWE500

from Small Final
5171541330Lien, AlexanderNOR450
6261145085Hackhofer, ArthurITA400
7281332101Malusa, SimoneITA360
8131449277Mermillod, OlivierFRA320

after Quarter Final
931218126Starowicz, LukaszPOL1:00.60290
1041176998Steggall, ZekeAUS1:00.70260
1151213373Morency, MathieuCAN1:00.79240
1291084363Bourgault, ThomasFRA1:01.43220
13161175349Vaitkous, DimitriRUS1:02.05200
14181403784Blanc, FabriceFRA1:02.56180
15271006569Tikhomirov, DenisRUS1:04.25160
16311242473Goller, AlexITA1:05.12150

after 1/8 Final
1761089213Gruener, LukasAUT1:00.83140
1871379437Howe, GlennNZE1:01.04130
1981502045Ligonnet, ThomasFRA1:01.34120
20101403881Sachot, GuillaumeFRA1:01.51110
21111093190Prommegger, AndreasAUT1:01.53100
22121225595Aspman, JonasSWE1:01.7790
23141104733Jansson, HenrikSWE1:01.8280
24151276811Vastamäki, JoniFIN1:01.9670
25201217932Pajak, WojciechPOL1:02.8960
26211115791Feichter, WalterITA1:02.9150
27231477504Maier, AlexanderAUT1:03.1945
28241398255Pozzolini, StefanoITA1:03.2640
29251203770Zezin, DenisRUS1:03.5336
30291652104Grundelius, JonasSWE1:04.7532
31301263716Layer, MichaelGER1:04.9728
32321118507Ebner, MarkusGER1:05.1226

not in Finals
33821507865Imboden, YannSUI1:05.8624
341141524937Longa, HanselITA1:05.9922
35841547247Galli, RudyITA1:06.4620
36681578481Levis, Jean-BaptiseFRA1:08.4218
37861538905Pinto, RaulUSA1:09.4916
38691311343Nuuttila, MikkoFIN1:11.5314
39641327639Grebetcharski, Bojan DimitrovBUL1:14.2612
40811223752Bormolini, MatteoITA1:16.5111
41901547344Granito, AntonyITA1:16.5710
42761707976Paret, DamienFRA1:16.749
431151326184Pirlo, MicheleITA1:18.508
43751005017Rolland, XavierFRA1:18.508
45941406209Cotop, MihaiRUM1:24.876

Women

131005308Ruby, KarineFRA1000
241261873Farmand, SandraGER800
3121403396Duboc, EmmanuelleFRA600
471004823Riegler, ManuelaAUT500

from Small Final
591313283Rey, MarjorieFRA450
6141094451Schlegel, NinaAUT400
7111468774Vallee, DominiqueCAN360
811071559Ranigler, CarmenITA320

after Quarter Final
921403105Pomagalski, JulieFRA1:04.88290
1051032565Fingerlos, UrsulaAUT1:07.61260
1161547829Guenther, DorisAUT1:07.87240
1281085139Tible, AurelieFRA1:08.44220
13101203867Tikhvinskaja, MariaRUS1:08.75200
14131605835Grönholm, SariFIN1:09.68180
15151124327Krings, HeidiAUT1:10.29160
16161047309Pescosta, AlessandraITA1:13.21150

not in Finals
17351115694Steiner, MichaelaITA1:13.67140
18221313574Laissus, MarieFRA1:13.72130
19361239466Mularz, JoannaBEL1:14.34120
20371194846Kukucz, MalgorzataPOL1:14.45110
21391398837Isielonis, BlankaPOL1:14.81100
22341024805Ott, LynnUSA1:15.2890
23461207650Trudel, IvanaCAN1:15.6580
2444Zandervan, KarinNED1:19.3070
25261002786Kulawik, AmalieGER1:20.3260
26411327445Dimova, Maria Guergu.BUL1:21.9350
27481418722Mihnevici, AlinaRUM1:27.9745
28471406015Mihnevici, FranciscaRUM1:31.7940

Did not Start
271387294Bergdahl, SophiaSWE
421651813Bervar, AnjaSLO
451402426Er-Rafiqi, NadiaMAR

Did not Finish
241004920Riegler, ClaudiaAUT
251182430McKenna, LesleyGBR

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