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Italians victorious on home snow in snowboard cross World Cup

Italians victorious on home snow in snowboard cross World Cup
By Sportsbeat

22/12/2017 at 14:09Updated 22/12/2017 at 14:30

Michela Moioli made it two World Cup wins in a row as the Italian reigned supreme on home snow to move up to third in the overall snowboard cross standings.

And it was a home double in Italy as Omar Visintin won the men's race to snag his first World Cup win of the season.

Moioli was outnumbered in the women's final as she lined up against three French riders, but emerged victorious to add to her win last time out in Montafon.

Nelly Moenne Loccoz took an early lead in Cervinia, but Moioli soon overtook her as Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau and Charlotte Bankes settled for third and fourth.

That result saw Moioli move up to third in the snowboard cross standings, on 3230 points, while leader Lindsey Jacobellis made the small final but did not start the race and therefore settled for eighth.

Her misfortune allowed France's Chloe Trespeuch to close the gap on her in the World Cup standings, with a fifth place putting her just 80 points behind the American.

The men's race saw Visintin stage a comeback victory as he came back from third at the penultimate time check to take the win.

France's Pierre Vaultier finished second, having led the race from the gate until Visintin overtook him in the closing stages, with Australia's Alex Pullin claiming bronze and Alex Deibold missed out on a medal.

Pullin still leads the World Cup standings, however, on 3026 points with Vaultier in second on 2520, Alessandro Haemmerle – who could only manage fifth in Cervinia – is third on 2120 with Adam Lambert and Visintin then just split by ten points in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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