The Freeride World Tour's favorites girls take the lead at Nendaz while swiss Ludo Lovey wins the contest for the second time in the ski category.
The fifth edition of the Nendaz Freeride took place this Saturday 12th March on the now legendary slope of the Mont-Gond. This competition was particularly awaited for by the girls since it is now part of the official Feminine Freeride World Tour.
Around 50 athletes, among which the future ladies freeride world champion were present Saturday at this 4 stars event, part of the Freeride World Qualifier (men’s category) and Freeride World Tour (women’s category) to try to win the prize-money of SFr. 10’000.
On the ladies’ side, the race for the world title has started and the Nendaz competition could certainly be crucial as it is the last step of the Women’s tour before the Verbier Xtreme final which will take place on the 19th of March. The Swedish, Janette Hargin is once again the winner this year and takes the lead in the Freeride World Ranking. She is closely followed by her rival from New Zealand, Janina Kuzma, and by the French Cécile Servan.
In the snowboard, women’s category, Maria Kuzma (NZL) takes the first place, followed by the French Elodie Mouthon and the Swiss Anne-Flore Marxer who will represent Switzerland at the Verbier Xtreme.
The show was most impressive in ski, men's category, in which 24 athletes were competing to figure in the well-known Freeride World Tour. The great winner of the 2011 edition is the swiss Ludo Lovey. He is once again our winner for the second consecutive year due to a fast run with multiple cliff jumps and concluding with his special « Superman frontflip ». At the second and third place the French Kevin Guri and Alexandre Giraud. Unfortunately, the favorite, Richard Amacker, from the Valais canton who won the last two stages of the Qualifying Tour in Italy and Spain, fell and ended 20th in spite of a promising start.
Finally, in the snowboard category, the Swiss riders do not renew their extraordinary 2010 performance where they raided the first six places of the competition. Austrians Christian Schnabel, Sasha Hamm and the French Ludovic Guillot-Diaz dominate the podium, while the very promising Swiss talent, Joël Rouge finishes at the fourth place. His co-fellows, Mike Aeschbach and Emilien Badoux respectively take the 7th and 8th place.
The competition started on Friday morning with the Open Nendaz Freeride in which more than 100 riders competed to try to win their qualification for the next day's Nendaz Freeride.