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

1 2 1393987 Nantermod, Guillaume SUI 1000
2 22 1237526 Chiquet, Mathieu FRA 800
3 19 1449180 Frank, Sebastien FRA 600
4 1 1234034 Stahlkloo, Pontus SWE 500

from Small Final
5 17 1541330 Lien, Alexander NOR 450
6 26 1145085 Hackhofer, Arthur ITA 400
7 28 1332101 Malusa, Simone ITA 360
8 13 1449277 Mermillod, Olivier FRA 320

after Quarter Final
9 3 1218126 Starowicz, Lukasz POL 1:00.60 290
10 4 1176998 Steggall, Zeke AUS 1:00.70 260
11 5 1213373 Morency, Mathieu CAN 1:00.79 240
12 9 1084363 Bourgault, Thomas FRA 1:01.43 220
13 16 1175349 Vaitkous, Dimitri RUS 1:02.05 200
14 18 1403784 Blanc, Fabrice FRA 1:02.56 180
15 27 1006569 Tikhomirov, Denis RUS 1:04.25 160
16 31 1242473 Goller, Alex ITA 1:05.12 150

after 1/8 Final
17 6 1089213 Gruener, Lukas AUT 1:00.83 140
18 7 1379437 Howe, Glenn NZE 1:01.04 130
19 8 1502045 Ligonnet, Thomas FRA 1:01.34 120
20 10 1403881 Sachot, Guillaume FRA 1:01.51 110
21 11 1093190 Prommegger, Andreas AUT 1:01.53 100
22 12 1225595 Aspman, Jonas SWE 1:01.77 90
23 14 1104733 Jansson, Henrik SWE 1:01.82 80
24 15 1276811 Vastamäki, Joni FIN 1:01.96 70
25 20 1217932 Pajak, Wojciech POL 1:02.89 60
26 21 1115791 Feichter, Walter ITA 1:02.91 50
27 23 1477504 Maier, Alexander AUT 1:03.19 45
28 24 1398255 Pozzolini, Stefano ITA 1:03.26 40
29 25 1203770 Zezin, Denis RUS 1:03.53 36
30 29 1652104 Grundelius, Jonas SWE 1:04.75 32
31 30 1263716 Layer, Michael GER 1:04.97 28
32 32 1118507 Ebner, Markus GER 1:05.12 26

not in Finals
33 82 1507865 Imboden, Yann SUI 1:05.86 24
34 114 1524937 Longa, Hansel ITA 1:05.99 22
35 84 1547247 Galli, Rudy ITA 1:06.46 20
36 68 1578481 Levis, Jean-Baptise FRA 1:08.42 18
37 86 1538905 Pinto, Raul USA 1:09.49 16
38 69 1311343 Nuuttila, Mikko FIN 1:11.53 14
39 64 1327639 Grebetcharski, Bojan Dimitrov BUL 1:14.26 12
40 81 1223752 Bormolini, Matteo ITA 1:16.51 11
41 90 1547344 Granito, Antony ITA 1:16.57 10
42 76 1707976 Paret, Damien FRA 1:16.74 9
43 115 1326184 Pirlo, Michele ITA 1:18.50 8
43 75 1005017 Rolland, Xavier FRA 1:18.50 8
45 94 1406209 Cotop, Mihai RUM 1:24.87 6

Women

1 3 1005308 Ruby, Karine FRA 1000
2 4 1261873 Farmand, Sandra GER 800
3 12 1403396 Duboc, Emmanuelle FRA 600
4 7 1004823 Riegler, Manuela AUT 500

from Small Final
5 9 1313283 Rey, Marjorie FRA 450
6 14 1094451 Schlegel, Nina AUT 400
7 11 1468774 Vallee, Dominique CAN 360
8 1 1071559 Ranigler, Carmen ITA 320

after Quarter Final
9 2 1403105 Pomagalski, Julie FRA 1:04.88 290
10 5 1032565 Fingerlos, Ursula AUT 1:07.61 260
11 6 1547829 Guenther, Doris AUT 1:07.87 240
12 8 1085139 Tible, Aurelie FRA 1:08.44 220
13 10 1203867 Tikhvinskaja, Maria RUS 1:08.75 200
14 13 1605835 Grönholm, Sari FIN 1:09.68 180
15 15 1124327 Krings, Heidi AUT 1:10.29 160
16 16 1047309 Pescosta, Alessandra ITA 1:13.21 150

not in Finals
17 35 1115694 Steiner, Michaela ITA 1:13.67 140
18 22 1313574 Laissus, Marie FRA 1:13.72 130
19 36 1239466 Mularz, Joanna BEL 1:14.34 120
20 37 1194846 Kukucz, Malgorzata POL 1:14.45 110
21 39 1398837 Isielonis, Blanka POL 1:14.81 100
22 34 1024805 Ott, Lynn USA 1:15.28 90
23 46 1207650 Trudel, Ivana CAN 1:15.65 80
24 44 Zandervan, Karin NED 1:19.30 70
25 26 1002786 Kulawik, Amalie GER 1:20.32 60
26 41 1327445 Dimova, Maria Guergu. BUL 1:21.93 50
27 48 1418722 Mihnevici, Alina RUM 1:27.97 45
28 47 1406015 Mihnevici, Francisca RUM 1:31.79 40

Did not Start
27 1387294 Bergdahl, Sophia SWE
42 1651813 Bervar, Anja SLO
45 1402426 Er-Rafiqi, Nadia MAR

Did not Finish
24 1004920 Riegler, Claudia AUT
25 1182430 McKenna, Lesley GBR

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