JOHANSSON AND HÖLL WOW INNSBRUCK FANS AS LEMOINE AND GOOMES ALSO SHINE

The Crankworx crowds are back

News report from Red Bull

Sweden’s Emil Johansson won the Slopestyle at Innsbruck with the highest score ever awarded in the event. Photo by Boris Beyer / Red Bull Content Pool

For the first time in three years, Crankworx welcomed back fans in full capacity at the Innsbruck stop of the 2022 Crankworx World Tour with Sweden’s Emil Johansson and home favorite Vali Höll wrapping up wins to fuel the loud crowds. Here is all you need to know:

– Festivities started in earnest with the annual sundown session of the whip-off contest as Canada’s Jackson Goldstone and New Zealand’s Robin Goomes took the honors to whip up the big crowds.

Besides winning the Pro Men’s Whip-Off competition on the opening day, Jackson Goldstone also won the U19 Men’s division in the Deuter Downhill event. Photo by Boris Beyer/Red Bull Content Pool

– Johansson put down a near-perfect 98-point run, one heavy with technical tricks, on his first go the highest score ever awarded at a Crankworx event – on his way to winning the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle for the third time in a row, while also extending his superb Crankworx winning streak to seven.

– Second place was taken by German Erik Fedko, who scored 95.25 on his first run – his highest-ever Crankworx score – with Frenchman Timothé Bringer’s second run of 93.75 enough for third place.

– Johansson, 23, said: “It’s what I put my heart and soul into, so to see the hard work pay off, it’s more like a relief than a surprise.”

– Höll delighted her home fans in the downhill by triumphing ahead of Australian Tracey Hannah and American Anna Newkirk – her third successive Innsbruck victory – with Britain’s Charlie Hatton winning the men’s event from Canadian Finn Iles and Aussie Mick Hannah.

Great Britain’s Charlie Hatton took the men’s win in the Deuter Downhill. Photo by Boris Beyer /Red Bull Content Pool

 

– For the second year running the Speed & Style event was the place to be with incredible progression as Frenchman Tomas Lemoine and Kiwi Goomes got the better of runner-ups Teodor Kovac (CZH) and Jordy Scott (USA) with Mike Ross (AUS) and Caroline Buchanan (AUS) in bronze.

Robin Goomes (doing the backflip) and Georgia Astle take to the sky in the Speed and Style competition. Photo by Boris Beyer/Red Bull Content Pool 

– Dual slalom brings together all-rounders head-to-head on a twisting track made up of rollers, berms and tricky grass turns with German Nina Hoffmann beating Höll and Newkirk, and Austrian Andreas Kolb taking men’s gold from George Brannigan (NZL) and Collin Hudson (USA).

– A fervent crowd made sure they were heard for the pump track as Niels Bensink (NED) and Kialani Hines (USA) claimed gold with Bas van Steenbergen (CAN) and Buchanan bagging silver medals while Tommy Zula (USA) and American Scott ended the day in bronze medal position.

Niels Bensink won the Rock Shox Pumptrack Challenge at Crankworx Innsbruck and took the lead in the King of Crankworx competition for the year. Photo: Boris Beyer / Red Bull Content Pool

 

– Strong showings from Höll means she now tops the Queen of Crankworx standings with 180 points from Buchanan (170) and Scott (163) as Bensink leads the King of Crankworx standings with 136 points, just ahead of Lemoine on 135 and Van Steenbergen in third place.

Valentina Höll won the Women’s Downhill race in Innsbruck to take the lead in the Queen of Crankworx standings. Photo by Boris Beyer/Red Bull Content Pool

 

– Crankworx Whistler in Canada is next up from August 5-14 with Australia’s Crankworx Cairns in October 5-9 and New Zealand’s Crankworx Rotorua running from November 5-13 rounding out the 2022 season.

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