Cosnier and Parini Take Kaprun PGS

Kaprun (AUT). Second day of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup on the Kitzsteinhorn at Kaprun, Austria, with the season’s second Parallel Giant Slalom. Out of 16 women and men who qualified for the finals Charlie Cosnier from France and Italy’s Margherita Parini went into first place.

184 riders of 26 nations faced smooth conditions at today’s Parallel Giant Slalom in Kaprun. None of the bad weather forecasts came true and the race could be held as scheduled. Since the race was held on the same slope as yesterday’s Snowboard Cross, the course has been a bit bumpy in some sections but however in a good shape. Charlie Cosnier from France has not been the number one favourite for the race and just reached the finals having finished 16th in the qualifications. Then he made his way up to the finals by eliminating Richard Richardsson (SWE), Markus Ebner (GER) and Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN). In the final duel Cosnier met Austrian Stefan Kaltschütz and had to leave the first run to him but further to a mistake Kaltschütz made in the second, the French finally made it to the top of the podium. “This is great,” Cosnier said. “Once I’ve made it to the finals I just tried my best and stayed calm. Being 16th in the qualifications I did not think about winning the race but I was confident I could advance a little further and it worked.” Stefan Kaltschütz almost had the win in his hands but finally had to leave it to Cosnier with just eight hundreds of a second: “I tried to keep control over him and could again close the gap after my mistake in the upper part of the course. But I’m happy with second place.” Jasey Jay Anderson won the duel for third place against Matthieu Bozzetto and with this finished third.

Nicolas Huet from France who finished 10th today being eliminated by Anderson in the round of 16 is still leading the World Cup standings ahead of Stephen Copp from Sweden, seventh today, and Stefan Kaltschütz.

For the first time in her career Margherita Parini from Italy got a Parallel win under her belt today and by this will not only have to be taken into consideration for the GS World Cup from now on. “I always thought that this is really difficult,” she said. “I had the chance today and just used it. The slope was a little bumpy and you had to be careful not to take too much risk. I’m glad I worked that out.” Sandra Farmand from Germany had only finished the first final run by one hundret of a second behind Parini and looked like she could make it up in the second but then she crashed and had to leave it to the Italian. “Second place is just great,” Farmand said. “It does not really make that much difference. I’m really happy since I rode well and that’s what is even more important to me.” Manuela Riegler from Austria took third by beating Sweden’s Aasa Windahl in the consolation round for third place.Last week’s winner Isabelle Blanc from France was eliminated by Parini in the quarter finals and ended up sixth but is still leading the World Cup standings. Farmand could move up to second ahead of Parini.

The Kaprun World Cup stage will be concluded with the Parallel Slalom tomorrow before the World Cup heads off to Canada.