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Lemoine and Alanko round out MTB podium as Rogatkin crashes in ninth.
Brett Rheeder produced a superb mountain bike slopestyle display at the first 2019 Crankworx stop in New Zealand to clinch his third victory at the Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park. Here is all you need to know:
– Even though he topped the 2018 Crankworx overall standings, thanks to his Rotorua win and three second places, Rheeder saw American rival Nicholi Rogatkin claim the Triple Crown of Slopestyle with three wins.
– After Brook Macdonald romped to the downhill win on Friday, the 26-year-old drew on his experience of 2015 and 2018 slopestyle wins to put together a stunning 93.75 first run on Saturday that included an opposite cork 720 out the gate and flat backflip tailwhip into a frontflip.
– Canadian Rheeder revealed: “I feel relieved all the training and hard work over the winter paid off. I am glad that no one was seriously injured. I made sure the practice sessions were good and I kept cool. Luckily the weather has been really good. The Triple Crown is too much pressure – we’ll see how the events go.”
– Frenchman Tomas Lemoine, fresh off his Rotorua Pump Track Challenge victory earlier in the week, produced a graceful first run using the bike’s momentum and a cool frontflip to finish for a score of 87, second place and the King of Crankworx lead.
– Lemoine, 22, said: “The frontflip is kind of a new trick from the end of last year. I was going to do more on the first run but, after seeing my friend (Thomas Genon) crash in front of me, I thought I’d do a more chilled run.”
– Swede Alex Alanko claimed his maiden Crankworx podium in third after his 80.75 first run with a cork 720 spin to the left to finish held off Italian Torquato Testa, Germany’s Lukas Knopf and Canadian Anthony Messere.
– Rogatkin tried his trademark breathtaking runs, however spilled on the last jump first time out and crashed badly early second time around to finish ninth.
Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza result:
1. Brett Rheeder (CAN) 93.75
2. Tomas Lemoine (FRA) 87
3. Alex Alanko (SWE) 80.75
4. Torquato Testa (ITA) 78
5. Lukas Knopf (GER) 77.25
6. Anthony Messere (CAN) 76
7. Eric Fedko (GER) 74
8. Lucas Huppert (SUI) 65
9. Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) 63.25
10. Tom Isted (GBR) 60
11. Jakub Vencl (CZE) 39
12. Max Fredriksson (SWE) 38
13. Diego Caverzasi (ITA) 26.5
14. Thomas Genon (BEL) 6.25
Watch the Rotorua replay on Red Bull TV HERE.