Mont-Ste-Anne World Cup | Eliot Grondin takes his seventh victory of the season

(Beaupré) Eliot Grondin wanted to show why the crystal globe of snowboard cross had already been acquired before arriving at the Mont-Ste-Anne World Cup. He put an exclamation point on his dream season by signing a second victory in as many days in front of his family, a seventh for him this season.


This seventh victory allows him to rise alone to first place for the number of races won in a season. Until Sunday morning, he shared this mark with the British Charlotte Bankes, who also scored a second consecutive victory in Quebec.

Grondin was once again imperial on this beautiful Sunday on the Beaupré track, winning all of his waves except one, finishing second in his quarter-final.

PHOTO JACQUES BOISSINOT, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Eliot Grondin crossed the finish line in first place on Sunday.

In the last race, he beat – as the day before – the Australian Cameron Bolton. German Leon Ulbricht completed the podium.

Evan Bichon and Colby Graham are the only other Canadians to qualify for the playoff heats. Bichon’s journey came to an end in the quarter-finals, when a loss of control caused him to touch the board of the Austrian Johan Lüftner, knocking him off the track. Lüftner inherited third place, while Bichon was relegated to last place in his heat, giving him 16th place.e rank in total.

Graham finished in the round of 16, at 31e rank in total. Tristan Bell (42e), Kai Hooper (46e), Griffin Mason (48e), Liam Moffatt (49e), William Scott (54e) and Noah Royz (55e) were eliminated in qualifying.

Grondin thus ends his record season with seven victories, two second places and a third for 952 points, far ahead of the Austrian Alessandro Hämmerle, 17e Sunday, and its 604 points. His 10 podiums in 12 races also constitute a record.

With his excellent weekend, Bichon broke through the top-20 world, rising to 19e place to conclude the season with 179 points.

Double for Bankes

PHOTO JACQUES BOISSINOT, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Charlotte Banks and Eva Adamczykova

As she had done the day before, Bankes lurked in the shadows of her opponents to take advantage of the draw and move into the lead of the grand final in the last stage.

The Briton beat Italian Michela Moioli and Australian Josie Baff, while Frenchwoman Chloé Trespeuch finished fourth.

This final was contested by the first four in the crystal globe ranking, awarded to Trespeuch, who succeeds Bankes, winner of the last two seasons.

Trepeusch finished with 792 points to 757 for Bankes. They were followed by Moioli (704) and Baff (608).

Like the day before, no Canadian made it to the elimination waves on Sunday. Meryeta O’Dine finished the event in 19e place and season in 16e position.


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