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Ledecka and Payer triumph in Cortina PGS fog battle

(lifePR) (Oberhofen / Thunersee, ) Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Alexander Payer (AUT) have come out victorious of the season's second parallel giant slalom event of the Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour which took place in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy today.

Reigning World Champion and World Cup leader Ledecka who had already triumphed in yesterday's Carezza PGS kept the momentum from South Tyrol.

Storming down the Tondi Normale slope through the fog which also caused Race Organisers to several longer delays, the top qualifier celebrated a back-to-back win beating Germany's Selina Joerg in the women's final.

It was the first time in two and a half years for Joerg, the second fastest of the qualification runs, to podium since her third rank finish in Winterberg, Germany back in March 2015.

In an all Austrian battle for third it was former World Champion Claudia Riegler who crossed the finish line ahead of her younger teammate Sabine Schoeffmann.

In the men's event, Alexander Payer earned his career's first dominating the final men's run against local favourite Roland Fischnaller (ITA).

Sylvain Dufour (FRA) rounded out the podium in third position with new World Cup leader Nevin Galmarini (SUI) placing fourth.

The Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour will continue tomorrow with the season's first parallel slalom slated to take place under the lights on the Tondi Normale slope of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The finals are scheduled for 19:20 CET with Live TV time information available here.

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Ester Ledecka: Today was special, foggy, always on and off. But I had pretty much luck with the weather in my runs. So I cannot complain. It was great racing on a hill I really do like. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's night race.
Alexander Payer: I'm feeling great. I'm normally not the best giant slalom rider but today I did a good job. The course worked in my favour as I was able to do some good round carving turns.
Selina Joerg: Finally making it to a big final again is amazing. Last year, I didn't make it on the podium once, so I'm happy that everything worked out today. It was hard to remain focused during that long half an hour break when the fog came in but I was able to do so.
Roland Fischnaller: I really have to thank everyone who worked on the slope as the course was in super shape given the fact of the tons of snow Cortina got last week. I'm very pleased with my second rank after last season was more a troubled one.


Results
  


Final Result Ladies
Final Result Men
Final Bracket Ladies
Final Bracket Men
PGS World Cup Standings Ladies
PGS World Cup Standing Men