The second stop of the the 2019 Crankworx Slopestyle MTB series took place in Innsbruck, Austria over the weekend and resulted in one of the most insane, and closest Slopestyle events in recent history.
Most riders struggled with their first runs, either dealing with the wind or crashing out, but Dawid Godzeik, in his first Crankworx slopestyle ride, stomped an incredible first run that looked to be in contention for the win. That was until Brett Rheeder took to the course with a run that took a convincing lead.
Emil Johansson’s first run ended prematurely after a sketchy landing in the windy conditions forced him to abort early. Emil put down a spectacular second run stacked with big hitting tricks and was awarded a 95 point score to put him in the lead.
It came down to the last two riders, Dawid Godzeik and Brett Rheeder. Godziek managed to improve on his score and included a world-first Twister No-Hander but it was not enough to place higher and his finished in 3rd place.
Brett Rheeder laid down a near-flawless final run of the contest that kicked off with his signature Flat-Drop Flip Whip. The run saw Rheeder score 95.5 to take the overall and deny Johansson of his fairy tale comeback victory by just half a point. The win keeps Rheeder on track for the Crankworx Triple Crown.
Nicholi Rogatkin crashed out of a typically all-out first run and was unfortunately unable to continue after a blow to the head meant that, under Crankworx rules, he was obliged to sit out his second run.
2019 Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle Results:
1st Brett Rheeder (CAN) 95. 5
2nd Emil Johansson (NOR) 95
3rd Dawid Godziek (POL) 89.75
4th Paul Couderc (FRA) 82.50
5th Tomas Lemoine (FRA) 81.75
6th Torquato Testa (ITA) 81
7th Erik Fedko (GER) 80.75
8th Anthony Messere (CAN) 79
Watch the Innsbruck replay on Red Bull TV HERE.
Photos by Saskia Dugon / Red Bull Content Pool.