Canadian nails stunning run in thrilling first Crankworx World Tour stop.
Brett Rheeder crushed the elite MTB slopestyle field with a stunning 94.25 run to win the rain-delayed Crankworx Rotorua final and start the season off on a thrilling high. Here is all you need to know:
– The Canadian’s brilliant run included a cork 720 on the step down to open and a 720 barspin to finish on a slick, tricky course to take the 1000 points on offer.
– Rheeder, 25, declared: “I couldn’t ask for a better feeling. I’ve worked toward this all winter. It’s been my goal. I’m on top of the world.”
– He claimed the win from crowd pleasers Thomas Genon of Belgium in second and Italian Diego Caverzasi in third, who pulled off The Twister on the final jump.
– The 2018 Crankworx World Tour moves on to Innsbruck next from June 13-17, then Les Gets in France the following week before wrapping up with the August 10-19 Whistler finale in Canada.
– Briton Tahnée Seagrave was a class above in the women’s MTB downhill to win by a staggering 11.6 seconds from Switzerland’s Emilie Siegenthaler and 2017 world champion Miranda Miller.
– New Zealand’s Sam Blenkinsop ruled the roost in the men’s downhill with an easy five-second victory from Australian Mick Hannah and Canadian Finn Iles.
– Blenkinsop is the Crankworx World Tour King heading into Innsbruck while American Jill Kintner leads the Queen standings following an entertaining first stop.