The Freeride World Tour 2009 came to an end with an amazing fourth stage and grand finale: the Nissan Xtreme – Verbier.
Xavier de Le Rue is the Freeride World Champions 2009 and took incredible victory on the mythical Bec des Rosses. For the women, American Susan Mol, who was third today in the competition won by Geraldine Fasnacht took the overall title.
Xavier de Le Rue, leading before the stage in Verbier, brought honor to his Golden Bibs with historic runs. On the windblown Bec des Rosses face with 55° areas which was even tougher than usual, he both opted for a really tough line. Though he had already won the Freeride World Champion title before heading down the slope, Xavier de Le Rue won the competition hands down, this being his second victory of the season after winning the Nissan Freeride de Tignes. This is his second consecutive title.
The Swiss were also successful on the Bec des Rosses with Geraldine Fasnacht’s victory in snowboard and Alex Coudray taking 2nd in the Freeride World Ranking in snowboard. After her first victory just a few days ago, Geraldine Fasnacht continued her amazing come-back winning the Nissan Xtreme – Verbier. Starting from the right side of the face which was reserved for the women, her fluidity impressed everyone. She won ahead of Bibi Pekarek (AUT) and the new Freeride World Champion, Susan Mol (USA). Susan participated in the Freeride World Tour after having won a qualifier event; she then won the Nissan Tram Face in Squaw Valley USA. Confirming her talent on the European slopes, she took the title ahead of Aline Bock (GER), the other revelation of this season winning in Sochi. Also, thanks to his great season taking 3rd in Sochi and Tignes, the snowboarder Alex Coudray took second of the Freeride World Ranking 2009.
The Freeride World Tour (FWT) 2009 brought together the world’s best skiers and snowboarders to compete around the globe: Sochi, Russia, Squaw Valley, USA, Tignes, France and Verbier, Switzerland. Thanks to the 10 Freeride World Qualifiers, certain young talented riders were qualified to participate in this season’s major events. With points earned in both the Freeride World Tour events as well as the Freeride World Qualifier events, the Freeride World Ranking 2009 was established: only the top three event points earned were counted to determine the Freeride World Champions 2009 as well as the list of those qualified for the Freeride World Tour 2010. The athletes have been actively involved in developing the Freeride World Tour and the future of this sport.
Results of the Xtreme Verbier
Men 1-Xavier de Le Rue FRA 2-Mitch Toelderer AUT 3-Matt Annetts SUI
Women 1-Geraldine Fasnacht SUI 2-Bibi Pekarek AUT 3- Susan Mol USA
Overall Results of the FWT 09
Men 1-Xavier de Le Rue FRA 2- Alex Coudray SUI 3- Max Zipser AUT
Women 1- Susan Mol USA 2- Aline Bock GER 3- Geraldine Fasnacht SUI