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Swede back from injury hell to deny Canadian Triple Crown of Slopestyle.
Emil Johansson produced a sensational first run to deny home hero Brett Rheeder the Triple Crown of Slopestyle with victory at Red Bull Joyride as the Crankworx trick season came to an end. Here is all you need to know:
– Rheeder won the first two 2019 Crankworx rounds at Rotorua and Innsbruck, and was tipped to complete the Triple Crown feat in Whistler that American Nicholi Rogatkin had pulled off during the 2018 season.
– Sweden’s Max Fredriksson opened up the event on a tough new course with a solid 78 to set the tone as Italian Diego Caverzasi went up a level to post an 86.
– Poland’s Dawid Godziek went even better, thanks to a superb 91.75, as the 2019 X Games bronze medallist in BMX Dirt unleashed a phenomenal twister halfway down.
– Rogatkin won the Best Trick contest in Canada, however he fell just short of Godziek with an 88.50 despite packing his run full of insane moves.
– It was Johansson’s turn next and he produced a classy, smooth run full of tailwhips in all directions and perfect landings to set the highest bar of all with a huge 95.75.
– German Erik Fedko tried his best to topple the Swede, but he could only score 87.25 with Italian Torquato Testa impressing with an 86.75 as Rheeder made a couple of mistakes in his first run for a rocky 71.75.
– Rheeder, who edged out Johansson for the Innsbruck win by just half a point, pulled everything out of the bag in the second run including a windshield wiper and backflip opposite tailwhip only to fall short of Johansson’s score by 1.25 points after a 94.50.
– He missed the Triple Crown, nevertheless finishes as the 2019 Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle world champion with Frenchman Tomas Lemoine second and Testa third.
– Rheeder, 26, said: “I blew my mind. I was not even expecting to do a run of that calibre at all. This was my chance, despite the bad practice, so I had to try it.”
– Winner Johansson, who was Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle world champion in 2017 only to be sidelined with injury and illness in 2018, revealed: “It has been really rough. Last season I came here after 10 months off my bike and managed to pull a run off. I feel stronger than I have ever been. I am super stoked.”
– Godziek matched his third from Innsbruck to show he will be a force in 2020 as next season promises to be fascinating with 20-year-old Johansson the man to beat.