Brit Reynolds had laid down an awesome marker of 94.00 that looked unbeatable as his main rivals faltered.
Brett Rheeder failed to make an impression with 15.00. Lacondeguy also failed to score big first time out, Sam Pilgrim was not at his best but still good enough for second and 87.33 points. Yannick Granieri crashed badly enough that he couldn’t even take part in the final’s second run and poor Cam McCaul’s practice crash had meant he’d not even started the final.
Course designer and “old man” of the contest at 30 years of age, Darren Berrecloth, errored early and scored just 16.00, though he was quick to point out that he’d come to Europe with “no pressure” and added: “I’m just out here having fun.”
In the event, just nine riders started run two of the Final.
Sam Reynolds suffered a puncture and opted to sit out the second run, feeling that with 94.00, he’d probably be OK.
You’ve got all these people screaming at you… I’m pretty stoked about it
He hadn’t counted on Lacondeguy redoubling his efforts and giving the judges a major headache. After an almost interminable time, Lacondeguy was awarded 95.00!
Pilgrim stepped it up on his second run and nicked third place on the podium with 92.33.
Anthony Messere saved his best run till last – 91.67 – good enough for fourth.
For Berrecloth, it was shit or bust, and the legend improved to 75.33 and eighth place.
Winner Lacondeguy commented afterwards that Reynolds had set a new standard with a double backflip, which Lacondeguy realised he would have to match. He did so, even though he understandably experienced some nerves:
“You’ve got all these people screaming at you… I’m pretty stoked about it.”
Lacondeguy also grabbed best trick for the double backflip, but admitted he felt Reynolds should share the prize “50–50” as it was that same trick that had spurred him to emulate them and win.
FMB World Tour
Red Bull Berg Line Results:
1.Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP) 95.00
2.Sam Reynolds (GBR) 94.00
3.Sam Pilgrim (GBR) 92.33
4.Anthony Messere (CAN) 91.67
5.Thomas Genon (BEL) 90.67
6.Mitch Chubey (CAN) 90.33
7.Peter Henke (GER) 81.00
8.Darren Berrecloth (CAN) 75.33
9.Brett Rheeder (CAN) 73.00
10.Linus Sjöholm (SWE) 27.33
11.Yannick Granieri (FRA) 25.33
12.Cameron McCaul (USA) 0.00