Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) in blue, Alex Deibold (USA) in red, Nick Baumgartner (USA) in green and Cole Johnson (USA) in yellow compete in heat 4 Finals at Sunday's SBX World Cup in Feldberg, Germany. (photo: Oliver Kraus)

Samkova and Pullin Win Second Feldberg SBX with Jacobellis on Podium

Feldberg, Germany – The Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova, and Alex Pullin of Australia have claimed victory in this season’s fifth snowboard cross race which was staged as second event of the Feldberg double Snowboard World Cup on Sunday. American rider Lindsey Jacobellis landed on the women’s podium in second place.

While it was this season’s second triumph for Samkova, Pullin earned his first this winter in front of a stellar crowd on a perfectly shaped course on the Seebuck slope. But it was Samkova who most impressed the Black Forest spectators by taking a different approach than her competitors.

Knowing that she had always been the last out of the start, the 2014 Olympic champion decided to pull out of the gate with quite a gap but then went full throttle to finally pass her three rivals on the long and fast home stretch. The 23-year-old from Vrchlabi perfected her drag race skills, crossed the finish line first to edge out Jacobellis, a four-time world champion.

“I did that late start for the first time. We just decided after semi finals to do it because I was really bad at the starts,” Samkova explained in the finish area. “The timing was hard, though, because you don’t know if you catch them again.  I then caught them where I was planning to do so but you never know. But man, making it it’s like… you feel like a God. It’s crazy when you get out late and are the first one in the finish. That’s the feeling why we do this sport.”

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“I was really happy with how I was riding today, especially as you get a little bit fatigue with those back to back races,” added Jacobellis, of Stratton Mountain, Vt, in her 46th career World Cup podium appearance. “And I was happy that my starts were getting better. I was right in the mix. It was a lot of fighting.”

France’s Chloe Trespeuch had luck on her side, surviving a photo finish to beat World Cup leader Belle Brockhoff of Australia for third.

Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) in blue, Alex Deibold (USA) in red, Nick Baumgartner (USA) in green and Cole Johnson (USA) in yellow compete in heat 4 Finals at Sunday's SBX World Cup in Feldberg, Germany. (photo: Oliver Kraus)
Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) in blue, Alex Deibold (USA) in red, Nick Baumgartner (USA) in green and Cole Johnson (USA) in yellow compete in heat 4 Finals at Sunday’s SBX World Cup in Feldberg, Germany. (photo: Oliver Kraus)

Over in the men’s event, things went critical right in the first turn. With three riders going into the left berm at the same time, on the fast outside lane Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria touched the tail of Pullin’s board before catching the wrong edge and washing out over the first step-down together with American rider Hagen Kearney. Kearney landed hard on his back before finishing the race on his feet.

Pullin capitalized on the carnage to earn his career’s seventh victory, a perfect redemption for his elimination in the eighth finals in Saturday’s race.

“Yesterday was terrible, but I learned a lot of yesterday’s qualifiers, and actually I found a new line finding a lot of speed out of turn three and four which was probably my strength today,” Pullin said, “because that was the only place were somebody could catch you. But qualifying first was the main thing as I was able to chose the middle gate every time.”

2016 X Games gold medalist Jarryd Hughes was able to avoid the crash in front of him, making it a 1-2 double for Australia – the country’s best result in World Cup history. Haemmerle rounded out the podium in third to re-take the World Cup lead from Omar Visintin of Italy.

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The snowboard cross World Cup tour now takes a three-week break, with the next races scheduled in La Molina, Spain on March 4 and 5.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Snowboard World Cup
Feldberg, Germany – Feb. 12, 2017

Women’s Snowboard Cross

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 SAMKOVA Eva CZE  1000.00  1000.00
 2 JACOBELLIS Lindsey USA  800.00  800.00
 3 TRESPEUCH Chloe FRA  600.00  600.00
 4 BROCKHOFF Belle AUS  500.00  500.00
 5 MOENNE LOCCOZ Nelly FRA  450.00  450.00
 6 MOIOLI Michela ITA  400.00  400.00
 7 GULINI Faye USA  360.00  360.00
 8 BANKES Charlotte FRA  DSQ  320.00  320.00
 9 JEKOVA Alexandra BUL  290.00  290.00
 10 BELINGHERI Sofia ITA  260.00  260.00

Men’s Snowboard Cross

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 PULLIN Alex AUS  1000.00  1000.00
 2 HUGHES Jarryd AUS  800.00  800.00
 3 HAEMMERLE Alessandro AUT  600.00  600.00
 4 KEARNEY Hagen USA  500.00  500.00
 5 HILL Kevin CAN  450.00  450.00
 6 BROCHU Baptiste CAN  400.00  400.00
 7 LAMBERT Adam AUS  360.00  360.00
 8 VISINTIN Omar ITA  320.00  320.00
 9 MARIN TARROCH Lluis AND  290.00  290.00
 10 DEIBOLD Alex USA  260.00  260.00

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