French double victory at 2nd sbx sprint | Historic milestone for Vaultier

The French snowboard cross team has dominated the second sprint competition of the World Cup tour staged at Feldberg, Germany today. In front of 5,000 excited spectators Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Pierre Vaultier secured a double victory for their home country with the 2014 Olympic champion securing another milestone of his career. 

By winning his career’s 16th World Cup race in front of World Cup leader Nikolay Olyunin (RUS) and Lluis Marin Tarroch (AND), Vaultier became the most successful male snowboard cross racer of all times ahead of Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN, 15 wins) and his fellow countryman Xavier de le Rue (FRA, 11 wins).

In the women’s competition of this season’s third action-packed World Cup event which had it all with tons of passes and thrilling photo finishes, Moenne Loccoz clinched her career’s third therefore extending her lead in the World Cup ranking again.

Olympic bronze medallist Chloe Trespeuch (FRA) and Michela Moioli (ITA) rounded out the podium as second and third, respectively.

The snowboard cross World Cup tour continues in four weeks with the second snowboard cross World Cup race ever in Russia to be staged in Sunny Valley from February 20th – 21st, 2016.

Key facts

  • French team dominates today’s sbx sprint at Feldberg

  • 5,000 spectators watch the action live at site

  • Moenne Loccoz and Vaultier win

  • Career’s third for Moenne Loccoz, career’s 16th for Vaultier

  • Vaultier becomes most successful sbx racer of all times

  • Moenne Loccoz extends WC lead while Olyunin defends his on men’s side of things

  • The snowboard cross World Cup tour continues in four weeks with the second snowboard cross World Cup race ever in Russia to be staged in Sunny Valley from February 20th – 21st, 2016

Quotes

  • Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA, winner): “Yesterday was very hard. I was very disappointed of my riding. So, I really wanted to do well today. I knew I was strong on this course, so we worked hard to achieve that goal.

    With Chloe [Trespeuch] being second, and Pierre [Vaultier] winning we did a great job. It’s a great day for us.”

  • Pierre Vaultier (FRA, winner): “I was struggling pretty hard in the semis with Olyunin pushing it like in yesterday’s finals. That wasn’t good news for me as I still had today’s final in front of me. I had to keep some energy for the finals.

    But I ended up first with my best friend Lluis [Marin Tarroch] next to me as third. Such a great day. But topping it all with becoming the most successful racer of all times makes today even better.”

Results

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