Find out what's going down at Crankworx Innsbruck
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The 2020 Crankworx World Tour stop in Innsbruck, Austria, is set to enthrall and entertain with five major MTB competitions taking place. Watch all the action here.
There'll be a lot to pack in just four days of competition at Crankworx Innsbruck. Expect the action to come thick and fast in Austria as Red Bull TV shows live coverage of five events from Innsbruck.
When to watch the action
- Dual Slalom Innsbruck – Watch the Replay
- RockShox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge – Watch the Replay
- Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle – Watch the Replay
- CLIF Speed & Style Innsbruck, October 2 – Live on Red Bull TV at 1.30pm UTC (3.30pm CET)
- iXS Innsbruck Downhill presented by Raiffeisen Club, October 4 – Live on Red Bull TV at 11.30am UTC (1.30pm CET)
Speed & Style
The Speed & Style is always a rider favourite on the Crankworx World Tour. For the first time in 2020, an invitational women’s category is taking place in Innsbruck. The Speed & Style track used here is unique for its under/over section.
Speed & Style – Innsbruck
Scroll down for the results, winning runs and replays from all the 2020 events at Innsbruck:
Six months have passed since the Slopestyle riders had their stage at Crankworx Rotorua. Find out what new tricks this elite group of 14 athletes have been practising over the long summer in the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle replay below.
Slopestyle – Innsbruck
It was a welcome return to Slopestyle at Crankworx Innsbruck. Six months have passed since Emil Johansson stood on the top of the podium after laying down an incredible 96 point run at Crankworx Rotorua – there was bated breath to see what the Swede would pull out the bag today. Some notable riders from North America (such as Nicholi Rogatkin and Brett Rheeder) weren’t able to make it across to Europe to compete. But there was still a strong field of 14 riders ready to put their skills to the test.
It was far from ideal conditions though, as one could expect from being in the Alps in October, with wind affecting runs from the beginning. Run 1 proved disappointing for a number of the field – crashes, over casing jumps and having to change planned tricks was part and parcel of the day as the unpredictable conditions tested the best.
It’s been a constant struggle with conditions…first day we’ve had a lot of wind… Hard to predict how it’s going to be in the air... it’s really difficult today
One rider who wasn’t going to be too deterred by the wind was Emil Johansson. His incredible first run packed in all the tricks including 360 windshield wiper/360 tailwhip to downwhip, an oppo truck driver to downside whip on the whale tail and an oppo 360 tailwhip to topside barspin on the final jump. In true Johansson style, he blew away judges and competitors with the technical and progressive nature of his run. Nailing an incredible 94 score – which would go on to be unchallenged - Johansson took Gold.
The closest to Johansson's score was Tomas Lemoine, with his 90 point run. One of the most decorated Crankworx athletes, Lemoine puts his hand to a number of disciplines. Less than 24hrs ago he scored Bronze in the Pump Track finals and today his smooth style earned him Silver at Slopestyle. His spotless run was packed with combos and just when you thought he was done tricking he’d add something else.
Effortless transitions from one feature to the next, without the need to pedal, made his run flow to perfection putting him in second place. As one of the only Slopestyle riders who competes in other disciplines, he’ll look to continue riding that wave of momentum into the Speed & Style later today. “I’m stoked to make it to the podium. Let’s focus again for Speed & Style now.”
Opting not to do a second run, Johannson and Lemoine finished their Slopestyle day with a victory train. “I knew I couldn’t beat him, so we decided to have a chill and funny lap,” said Lemoine.
Rounding off the podium with his signature style was Erik Fedko. Fedko’s points lay all in his second run of the day, after a missed trick on his first run affected his initial score. Focusing on amplitude and execution, we saw new things out of Fedko as he started to add technical combos to the harder features. The German rider finished the day with a score of 88 taking Bronze place.
I was super nervous. I didn’t know exactly what to do in my second run, and then I thought positive about everything and thought ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ After landing my second run I was so stoked. Being on the podium now is even nicer now. I’m speechless.
Thursday’s Crankworx action rounded off with the pump track racing. The long and physical track demanded precision from the field. Watch the replay in the player below and scroll down for results.
Pump Track Challenge – Innsbruck
Looking for redemption after her silver medal in dual slalom, Mathilde Bernard sailed through the heats into the final against Kathi Kuypers, where she took the win in style.
French riders dominated the Men's race, with Adrien Loron and Chaney Guennet going head-to-head in the final. Loron found his stride took the pump track win to make it two gold medals for the French rider today. A notable third place went to Tomas Lemoine, who kept the pressure and focus on all evening, despite having to be up to compete in the slopestyle competition tomorrow morning at 9am.
|Position||Men's Pump Track||Women's Pump Track|
|Gold||Adrien Loron||Mathilde Bernard|
|Silver||Chaney Guennet||Kathi Kuypers|
|Bronze||Tomas Lemoine||Paula Zibasa|
Now in its second year as a competition event in Innsbruck, dual slalom brings together some of the best all-round mountain bike athletes to race head-to-head on a twisting track made up of rollers, berms and tricky grass turns.
Dual slalom – Innsbruck
It was a battle between veterans and rookies in the dual slalom racing, with new names making their way all the way to the finals. A wet day yesterday made the slick grass corners treacherous and with racing going down to the line, unexpected re-runs and plenty of thrills and spills there was some great bike action.
Watch the dual slalom replay above and scroll down for results.
Dual Slalom results
Former King of Crankworx, Adrien Loron took the win for the pro men in today’s Dual Slalom. Loron has earned many a Pump Track gold, but in a closely-matched battle today against Australia’s Luke Meier-Smith he claimed his first Dual Slalom win and Meier-Smith secured his first pro podium. On the women’s side former Downhill World Champion (2012) turned EWS racer Morgane Charre took the win after a roller-coaster of a women’s final against Mathilde Bernard. An unprecedented tie made the judges have to issue a never-before-seen finals re-run which had all the drama of a crash and gate disqualification leaving Bernard and Charre in the dark until last second to find out who had won gold.
|Position||Men's Dual Slalom||Women's Dual Slalom|
|Gold||Adrian Loren||Morgane Charre|
|Silver||Luke Meier Smith||Mathilde Bernard|
|Bronze||Bernard Kerr||Luana Chereches|