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Moioli and Hughes shine in snowy Montafon SBX

(lifePR) (Oberhofen / Thunersee, ) Michela Moioli (ITA) and Jarryd Hughes (AUS) have brought home their respective first win of the season triumphing in this winter's fourth individual race of the SBX World Cup tour which was staged in Montafon, Austria today.

With heavy snowfall having mixed up the event programme over the past couple of days already, the sky opened up again, but riders weren't affected too much delivering a great and exciting show on a course which provided tons of passing opportunities in front of a traditional stellar crowd on Seebliga/Hochjoch.

Michela Moioli earned her career's sixth edging off US athlete Faye Gulini to the runner-up position in a photo finish.

Right before crossing the finish line, Moioli leaned back to bring her nose forward while Gulini opted for the ski cross like way pushing her hand towards the finish line.

In the end, it was the Italian who had made the better decision taking home the win from a venue where she never had placed better than rank six in the years before.

Gulini on the other hand, finally clinched her career's first podium after 23 top-10 results on the SBX circuit before. Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) rounded out the women's podium in third.

The men's event saw also a close battle from top to bottom although former X Games Gold medallist Hughes, who had been forced to take the detour to the finals via qualifier run two, was able to break away a little bit from his rivals after the first turns defending his lead to the finish and bringing home his career's second.

Thanks to his win, Australian riders have been on the podium at every World Cup stop this season so far.

Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT), Markus Schairer (AUT) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA) fought hard and fair for the positions over the whole course with the two Austrians, who had secured a double win for their home country in Montafon back in 2015, finally stepping on the podium as second and third, respectively.

The SBX World Cup tour continues tomorrow with this season's first Team BoarderX event in Montafon. Finals are scheduled for 11:30 AM CET.  

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Michela Moioli: Today I was very fast, so a big thanks to my techs. I like when it’s snowing because I’m faster! I’m super happy because I’ve never had a good race here in Montafon. This is my first podium here, so I’m really, really happy.”
Jarryd Hughes: Yeah, I’m on top of the world right now. I was really struggling yesterday in qualifications, but I was able to put it all together today. To come out here today and win is fantastic. And to have the Austrians in the final, with Pierre (Vaultier), that was amazing.
Faye Gulini: I’ve been wanting this for like my whole career. I feel like I’ve been very close numerous times, I was fourth a few days ago and I’ve made a few finals, but it’s nice to finally seal the deal. I think a lot of people think before you get your first podium it’s like a mental block or a thing that you’ve gotta get before you get multiple podiums, so maybe now I’m due for a few more.
Markus Schairer: I live in Schruns (at the bottom of Montafon), and my whole family has been up here working all day, so I feel like they really deserve this, to have me back on the podium today.It’s always better to be on top of the podium, but I’m just so stoked that I’m here and I’m on the podium. And I can’t wait for the prize giving ceremony tonight.
The big final was crazy. I was behind but I was running faster than the other three guys, and I thought ‘Well, where should I go now?’ Pierre was right, Alessandro was left, and Jarryd was right in front of me. It happened so fast, but then Pierre came up on the right and I though, ‘Come on, let’s go. Pierre is fair and he’s always riding a straight line, so use your chance.’ And then it was just this close.”
Sitting in second in the final heat I was just thinking, ‘Don’t fall, DON’T FALL,’ because usually when I miss a podium it’s because I go down in the last stretch or something. But at the bottom here I knew I wasn’t gonna fall, so I thought I might actually be able to pass her. So I was just giving it my all, tucking… But then we cross the line and it was a photo finish and she beat me. But I was happy with the way I was riding, and I think it couldn’t have really gone any better today. I’m happy.
With the snow coming down it was a bit rough, but we’ve all got to compete in the same conditions. Everyone was on the same course and it was a good race. And I’m so stoked for the awards ceremony in the valley tonight. It’s such an awesome event every year. Last year I was lucky enough to be a part of it, in fourth, but this year I get to celebrate on top of the podium.


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