Rogatkin edges out rival Rheeder to defend Crankworx Innsbruck title

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

American lands superb second run after Canadian pulls off world first trick.

Nicholi Rogatkin dug deep in his second run to overtake great rival Brett Rheeder and defend his Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle crown on Saturday afternoon.

Canadian Rheeder pulled off a world first backflip tailwhip off the starting ramp to take the lead after the first run, however American Rogatkin roared back with a stunning second run to edge him out. Here is all you need to know:

– It was a perfect sunny day in the Tyrolian capital as the world’s best mountain bike slopestyle riders put on an epic show in front of an awesome Austrian crowd at the historic winter sports centre, which has hosted the Winter Games twice.

– The Tom Hey designed Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda’s 290m course started with a flat drop and a dirt-to-dirt double, followed by a cannon log, two hip jumps, a fruit bowl and finally a large wood-to-dirt jump.

– Rheeder, who came into the event suffering from a crash in training, put it all together to lead after the first run from Britain’s Matt Jones and France’s Tomas Lemoine.



 

– The other contenders raised their game in the second run with German Erik Fedko and then Italy’s Diego Caverzasi pushing Rheeder close before a rampant Rogatkin wowed the crowd.

– The 22-year-old from Lincoln executed his trademark twister early on then landed a triple tailwhip with cork 720 and front flip tailwhip to post a huge score of 93.

– He said, “After the first run, there was a lot of pressure. I wanted to do it for these fans after the insane atmosphere when I won last year. The feeling coming through that berm was unbelievable.”

– Lemoine’s second run of 83 fell just short of the podium, while Rheeder lost his rhythm in the final run of the competition to seal Rogatkin’s title defence.

– Rheeder, who won the opening Crankworx event of the season in Rotorua, and Rogatkin are the only riders who can complete a Triple Crown with Les Gets and Whistler left to come on the World Tour. Rogatkin added, “Les Gets is a course I haven’t been able to conquer yet. I will try and do that next weekend.”

Overall standings after two out of four Crankworx World Tour events

Brett Rheeder Canada 1900 points
Nicholi Rogatkin USA 1656
Diego Caverzasi Italy 1600
Thomas Genon Belgium 1452
Tomas Lemoine France 1440


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