Aspen/Snowmass, CO (January 29, 2000) ¿ Pontus Staahlkloo, the stocky Swede who won Friday’s time trial also took top honors and the ten g’s in today’s Swatch Boardercross main event at Snowmass. Aussie, Marguerite Cossettini (one of Hoy’s Picks) scored her second win of the month and the $5,000 women’s purse ($3,500 after taxes).

Filling the spots next to Pontus on the men’s podium were the undeniable Philippe Conte in second, and Harry Putz in third. As a note to anyone who’s still waving the flag of chance in boardercross’ face, the top three finishers were also the top three qualifiers. Hmmm.

Sure thing, Ine (pronounced “ee-nah”) Poetzl from Austria placed second behind Marguerite in the closest finish anyone could remember. And surprise, Erin Simmons of Canada took third.

Intensity came to a head once the boardercross was underway around noon. Every heat in the men’s competition was stacked with overseas talent¿nobody would be sneaking through the rounds on a fluke (the top three of the six riders advance). Even riders like eight-time World Champion Berti Denervaud of Switzerland and current ISF points leader, Austrian Christoph Maierhofer went down in the first round and were forced to make their way through the losers (elimination) bracket. Christoph went on to race six more times, winning four heats in a row, before losing again in the semis. Berti won three heats before finishing sixth in race twenty nine.

But today was all about strongman Pontus Staahlkloo, part of the two-man Swedish boardercross team. Staahlkloo, who usually competes on the FIS tour, showed his speed by taking first in the time-trial qualifier and then by winning the quarter finals, the semis, and the finals. “Nobody could beat Pontus today,” said a respectful Philippe Conte after the race.

“I got the holeshot,” Pontus explained, “I had it working today.” In the finals, “I really tried to pump the bumps to get speed on the flats, then after the first step-down, I looked back and I kinda knew I had it,” he related. From that point on, all Pontus had to do was pick his line and play it safe.

Pontus is taking only a two-race hiatus from the FIS tour, stopping at the Gravity Games last week and then the Swatch here in Snowmass. While this was his first win on the Swatch tour, he’s no newcomer to beating the big boys. At the Gravity Games, Pontus also won the time trial, edging out Shaun Palmer (beating Palmer was one of his goals last year), but then was eliminated in the first round.

“I’m doing the whole FIS tour which is less competitive, so it’s great to come here and kick ass because this is a harder competition,” Pontus added. Pontus did his ass-kickin’ on next year’s K2 Electra 164 and the Clicker HB step-in system; he also rides for Helly Hansen.

Back in the pack, there was plenty of chaos in the men’s finals, but none of it had an effect on the outcome.

The women’s race was different. Alessia Follador from Italy (she rides at Cortina) smoked her heats all day, moving quickly through the winners bracket. But halfway down the course in the finals, both Follador and Poetzl¿who was following behind her¿ fumbled, opening the door for a poised Marguerite Cossettini (Burton) to swing around the outside.

At the finish, Poetzl nearly passed Marguerite back in a race that seemed impossible to decide. ISF rules state that the winner is determined by the front leg of the rider, not the nose of the board, that crosses the line first. Marge’s technique at the finish¿leaning back and thrusting her board and body forward¿paid off and kept Poetzl at bay. Had the course been even a foot longer, the results would have been different.

From Snowmass, some riders will be headed to the X-Games in Vermont, but those who are in contention for the ISF and/or Swatch titles are on their way to Garmisch, Germany for the next leg of the tour.

The Swatch Boardercross World Tour will air on Fox Sportsnet’s Boardwwild and USA Network, as well as Sportsnet and OLN in Canada. The next stop will take place at Mountain High Resort, CA, February 17-19, 2000.

1 STAAHLKLOO Pontus SWE
2 CONTE Philippe FRA
3 PUTZ Harald AUT
4 BRUSERUD Tor NOR
5 NEILSON Drew CAN
6 SCHULTZ Mark USA
7 MAIERHOFER Christoph AUT
8 MCLAIN Travis USA
9 NEPTUNE Ryan USA
10 NORBERG Oskar SWE
11 HALL Cooper USA
12 RAITMAIR Gernot AUT
13 BONACINA Fabrizio ITA
14 MARCIANDI Davide ITA
15 IHAKSI Jeff CAN
16 GMEINER Axel AUT
17 DENERVAUD Bertrand SUI
18 DEHMLOW Lucas USA
19 DOWD Dave USA
20 ROSENGREN Michael USA
21 THUE Ernst NOR
22 POGOLOFF Jason USA
23 JORDAN Xavier SUI
24 BROWN Jason USA
25 KONING Matthew USA
26 KIMBRELL Quincy USA
27 ALTMAIER Gordon USA
28 FLYNN Ryan USA
29 MOSIMAN Christian USA
30 SHRIVE Matt USA
31 COLLARD Chase USA
32 SMITH Jason USA
33 MATHIEU Marcel FRA
34 PLUM Terry USA
35 JANSSON Henrik SWE
36 SMART Shane USA
37 TROTH Jason USA
38 DEVARGAS Adam USA
39 EDWARDS Michael USA
40 EBERLY Tim USA
41 SCOTT Stephen NZE
42 NORMAN John USA
43 GRISIER Shawn USA
44 PARK Jonathan USA
45 PARK Nathan USA
46 TORLAY Mark CAN
47 CONTE Nicolas FRA
48 FRANZE Lucas USA
49 GOULD Shane USA
50 PEERY Keith USA
51 PHILLIPS Brandon USA
52 AIKEY Luke USA
53 JOHNSON Chris USA
54 HANLIN Grant USA
55 HOLMAN Patrick USA
56 PETERS Brian USA
57 BOEVE Matthew USA
58 MADDOX Jeremy USA
59 CLARK Othello USA
60 KEENAN Bill USA
61 MCDANIEL Andy USA
62 ANFANG Scott USA
63 LONG Jere USA
64 EDWARDS Paul USA
65 TRIPLETTE Gabriel USA
66 LO PRESTI Gregor SUI
67 TROYER Jeff USA
68 EUTENEIER Matthew USA
69 MENGE Alexei USA
70 MUNDELL Kirk GBR
71 HEATHMAN Fritz USA
72 PALMER David USA
73 WHALEY Mathias USA
74 DURYEA Brett USA
75 BUSACK Travis USA
76 SAKAI Taka USA
77 ROSE Adam USA
78 OLM Marco BRA
79 DAVIDSON Jared USA
80 LLOYD Shaun USA
80 NAULT Ken FRA
81 LEE Eric USA
82 STEIG Brandon USA
82 MCKINNEL Neil USA82 NOBLE Patrick USA
82 SCHULTES Bert USA
82 SMITH Adam USA
82 BEVERLIN Bradford USA
82 HELLER Michael USA
82 TRAN David USA

Women
1 COSSETTINI Marguerite AUS
2 POETZL Catherine AUT
3 SIMMONS Erin CAN
4 CLARK Alison CAN
5 FOLLADOR Alessia ITA
6 OESTVOLD Line NOR
7 BAKER Carlee CAN
8 MAHANNA Brittney USA
9 FOSTER Gwen USA
10 MELINN Dena USA
11 PETERSEN Snow USA
12 NASH Tenaya CAN
13 DANIELS Allison USA
14 MCDANIEL Melanie USA
15 HOLLIS Rene NZE
16 OLSON Katrina USA
17 PALADI Tara USA
18 RAINEY Rachel USA
19 GAMES Kristin USA
20 ELLIOT Karen USA
21 HESTER Angela USA
22 KONICEK Onna USA
23 PARKER Suzy NZE
24 GREENWOOD Jamie USA
25 NEAL Anne USA
26 BOWDEN Brandy USA
27 MCKONE Sabrina USA
28 BARNES Sarah USA
29 MANZ Elizabeth USA
30 WADLEY Lynne USA
30 MAZELLI Heather USA