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American eyes Crankworx Triple Crown after Les Gets slopestyle victory.
Nicholi Rogatkin got the better of great rival Brett Rheeder for the second time in a week to give himself a chance of a first ever slopestyle Triple Crown on the Crankworx World Tour. Here is all you need to know:
– The American edged out the Canadian at Innsbruck last week to make it one Crankworx victory each after Rheeder opened the season with victory in Rotorua.
– The 22-year-old watched on as Germany’s Erik Fedko and Frenchman Tomas Lemoine put together great first runs to put the pressure on, but he delivered in style.
– Rogatkin’s first run of 94.50 was full of insane tricks including a triple tailwhip, double backflip, cork 720, double tailwhip and trademark twister to finish.
– Rheeder threw everything at his first run but came up short with a 90.25 and, even though he bettered it with a 92 in the second run, he could not eclipse Rogatkin’s amazing score. Fedko’s excellent first run ensured he picked up a deserved first Crankworx podium.
– Rogatkin said: “It feels incredible. Tough day and tough week with this wind. Big up to Brett for putting down that last run under pressure. My mentality is to give it all I had. Didn’t work out for me in Rotorua, but made me hungry for these two European stops.”
– Rheeder maintains his lead in the Crankworx World Tour standings with the Whistler stop left, however Rogatkin is the only rider who can win the Triple Crown.
Crankworx Les Gets slopestyle result