Thelander wins the Martin Söderström Invitational

The best action from Uppsala where Anton Thelander is crowned the champion.
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Swedish rider Anton Thelander delighted a huge partisan crowd in Uppsala by becoming the first winner of the Martin Söderström Invitational.

After a qualifying session involving 14 riders, the eight best were drawn into challenge matches involving two riders each. Each tie saw the riders take two runs on the course with the winner moving to the semi-finals.

Thelander beat Szymon Godziek from Poland in his semi and then faced Antoine Bizet from France in the final shootout.

The Frenchman kicked off his deciding run with a no hand backflip on the first step-down followed by a double backflip over the 15 metre road gap and then finished with an opposite flatspin x-up. Thelander started his final run with a 360 tailwhip off the step-down before pulling a massive backflip tailwhip over the gap and wrapping up his run with a clean backflip barspin.

Thelander's run was judged to be the best and that decision sent the watching 6,000 crowd at Uppsala Castle into raptures.

"This is absolutely insain. I could never have dreamed this would happen when the season started. It was so fun riding in front of my home crowd and today could simply not have ended any better," said Anton at the end of the competition.

Results from final:

1st - Anton Thelander, SWE
2nd - Antoine Bizet, FRA
3rd - Alexander Alanko, SWE
4th - Szymon Godziek, POL
5th - Linus Sjöholm, SWE
6th - Xavier Pasamonte Romero, ESP
7th - Andreu Lacondeguy, ESP
8th - Louis Reboul, FRA

Watch the entire contest as video on demand on svtplay.

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