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Brandon Semenuk Wins Crankworx Les Deux Alpes Slopestyle

Jul 13, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
After a hard crash that cut his first run short, Brandon Semenuk came back with an incredible second run that concluded with a giant corked 720.

1. Brandon Semenuk 91.33
2. Sam Pilgrim 91.00
3. Martin Soderstrom 90.67
4. Yannick Granieri 84.33
5.Thomas Genon 83.00
6. Antoine Bizet 80.33
7. Anton Thelander 74.33
8. Brett Rheeder 72.33
9. Tomas Lemoine 61.67
10. Tyler McCaul 57.67
11. Mike Montgomery 53.33
12. Anthony Messere 41.00
13. Leo Delfour-Barsacq 25.33
14. Cameron Zink 20.67
15. Mehdi Gani 16.67

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  • 132 23
 Martin got robbed!
  • 62 5
 At least he got podium! Granieri got robbed! Flip double whip and a couple other bangers, sure it wasn't super clean but it was worth way more than an 84.
  • 49 3
 i think soderstrom deserved 2nd place at least.. flawless run and throwdown his ultimate steezy 3 tailwhip. what a Master!
  • 43 10
 Semenuk, then martin, then granieri Pilgrim's run was not that clean or interesting, with no oppo, and every trick being a flip variation.
  • 33 5
 so now everyone is overhype with an oppo tricks
  • 16 2
 yup, soderstrom and granieri should've scored higher. its gotta be tough to judge those runs so quickly though.
  • 10 1
 It's a tough one with all those pedal-slips... my personal feeling is that Martin's first run was very good and might have deserved a slightly higher score. Anyway, each one on the podium had an exceptional run and judging from the second runs the order is okay for me.
  • 34 5
 Semenuk deserved 1st, Soderstrom deserved 2nd, Granieri deserved 3rd, and Pilgrim deserved 4th. Like seriously Soderstrom's triple whipe and Grenieri's flip double whip.
  • 10 10
 @MaxBerkowitz thank you for saying that ! pilgrim got judged way too high, his score should be in the middle of the 80's
  • 13 15
 So close pilgrim, so close
  • 42 4
 no one robbed as much as Norbs at last year rampage :O
  • 3 4
 Well, my man got top place!
  • 8 0
 TripWhip landing... glad he found the seat instead of the rear tire!
  • 1 1
 I'm soooo stoked!
  • 4 1
 Top lel at the announcer on the PA system before semenuk's second run "BRANDOOONNNN SEMEN-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKK"
  • 8 0
 Brad's voice just makes everything sound like your watching a commercial for a monster truck rally.
  • 4 1
 I'm Soder-straught right now
  • 1 0
 So true ! Haha
  • 66 1
 Qualifiers: 4:00
Round 1: 30:00
Round 2: 1:36:28
1. Brandon Semenuk @ 1:18:24 [Crash] & 1:39:22 [Cork 7]
2. Sam Pilgrim @ 1:01:04 & 2:26:09
3. Martin Soderstrom @ 1:14:00 [Triple Whip] & 2:18:07 [Triple Whip]
4. Yannick Granieri @ 52:00 & 2:21:47
5. Thomas Genon @ 58:00 & 2:13:23
  • 4 0
  • 3 0
 Awesome, thx!
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 You're a dick.... just kidding. Please post this up along with the start times for each heat... why pinkbike doesn't do this already, I don't know but you sir, a god.
  • 41 5
 I love how Semenuk is so calm and collected, especially after that bail.
  • 10 1
 And humble, he's very humble.
  • 2 1
 Sick fall, even I had the wind knocked out of me!
  • 4 2
 Should learn to cheer up if you ask me. All the other riders are way more animated!!
  • 3 1
 No, I think Semenuk shows his self-confidence by how calm he is. He could be more like Soderstrom and be very outward about his skill, but he is very humble.
  • 2 0
 I concur. I've ridden up with him on a lift, and he had no higher than thou attitude. Canadian flag at the podium was a nice touch too.
  • 2 3
 He seems like he smokes really good weed.
  • 1 0
 No he doesn't!
  • 1 1
 Or really bad weed? Whatever it just my opinion
  • 1 1
 cant tell if he's calm, grumpy, bored or just chilled aha

just realised, he's the Andy Murray of mtb! (i know they're really different sports but they're pretty similar people)
  • 38 6
 Actually stoked to see that Semenuk won it. Definetly deserved it. I don't think pilgrim got robbed but solid runs from everyone.
  • 25 1
 posting this here aswell:
Okay guys getting serious about the judging.
(1st) No dispute from me about Brandon taking first, he had really good variation of tricks (most used trick was five 3's but they were all variants) was super smooth, only dropped one small pedal and that banger of a corked 7 as his big trick was actually my favourite trick.
(2nd) Sam had a pretty smooth run although I thought he dropped a pedal hard after that 360 whip. Personally think he had smallest range of tricks (7 flips, all of which were in some way variants but it was still like 4 flips in a row). His biggest tricks were that flip turn down and flip whip which I dont really think were as impressive as the other top 4 riders top tricks. Although the extension on that flip superman and the varial were pretty damn impressive.
(3rd) Only on that last triple whip did Martin slip a pedal but he held it nicely and just had that one slightly over rotated tuck flip but he also held it well. Decent variation in tricks, had six 3's but that three nose bump was freaking rad and just threw so much style into all of them. Finishing on that triple whip that was landed almost perfectly was just amazing. Also he held that nack for so long it was ridiculous.
(4th) Actually think Yannick had the most variation on tricks and really pulled out some different tricks, like that tuck to barspin on the little jump. Again he was super stylish and putting bars, tucks and tables into loads of his tricks. That flip x-up was sick and finishing on the flip double whip was mad. He dropped a pedal slightly out of the downside whip but he definitely touched the ground with both feet on that double flip whip. I think the judges were super hard on him for that last slip, totally deserved a podium finish for that last run, especially if he had landed that last jump.
All in all less than 1 point between the top 3 places is crazy.
  • 11 25
flag SuperSlowDH (Jul 13, 2013 at 14:53) (Below Threshold)
 Go play outside.
  • 11 2
 It's pretty audacious to belittle someones opinion on a public forum when you obviously cared enough to read through them.
  • 5 0
 I actually thought this comment was a lot more intellectual than the usual ....got robbed, fair play tom-ryde
  • 6 0
 I'd also like to point something out that no one has mentioned, and correct me if I'm wrong: I think Semenuk did a normal tailwhip off the boner log and then I think his double tailwhip over the next jump was an oppo-double whip. I checked the slow-mo replay and his right foot is forward on the boner log drop and then the double whip, but he kicks it the "wrong" way on the double whip. Did that actually happen? Unbelievable!
  • 14 0
 man, what an awesome event!!! Impressive runs of every one, when you look at the run of Bizet for instance, he's got Only 6th with some huge tricks...That slopestyle was massive thanks to the riders!! thanks boys!
  • 2 8
flag miff (Jul 13, 2013 at 16:32) (Below Threshold)
 To be fair, Semenuk and Soderstrom and even Graneiri make him look like an amateur. The style and smoothness of those guys was far more evident
  • 14 3
 Whats up with the scoring on Soderstroms first run, took them forever to score it, seems sketchy, second run they did a bit better but still think he deserves better, double whip and triple whip and a bunch of 3 variations, the judging seems pretty sketchy to me
  • 12 1
 assuming messere crashed.. i swear if he can actually land a run, he'll probably win
  • 1 0
 I have been waiting to see him come back. So fun to watch him. He has been off his last few comps.
  • 2 0
 I agree he hangs it out there. Always doing the hardest tricks he knows. Never plays it safe. Cant wait for him to win gold in one of these comps he has earned it.
  • 11 3
 Brandon could use a little Cam McCaul cheer. That interview after he won was the happiest I've seen him in a while and he seemed only mildly pleased. YOU JUST WON BRO PUT ON A SMILE!!
  • 20 26
flag Matt-W (Jul 13, 2013 at 10:38) (Below Threshold)
 he's the most boring guy in mountainbiking
  • 14 5
 Think it's a close draw between him and Gwin!
  • 1 0
 I know what you mean matt-w. Some people just dont interview well. And as laid back and stoic as he is, it is much better then some phony amped up bro thats just playing to the camera. Seminuk is keeping it real acting laid back cause thats how he is. Laid back calm cool and collected are not the same as being a boring person..... He is a boring interview though lol
  • 9 0
 Semenuk going beastmode that cork 7 was mint. Well done to all riders though. Sick!!
  • 6 0
 Think they should score slopestyle like ice skating. Five judges, no conferring, everyone puts their score up. Top and bottom scores are ignored and the other three are averaged. Every contest starts a big argument these days unless the winner is absolutely without doubt (which doesn't happen as the sport is getting tight at the top).
  • 5 2
 Thats actually a really good idea! But please dont ever compare slopestyle mtb to figure skating ever again.
  • 3 0
 I didn't compare them bud. Would never dream of it. Wink It's just a fair and impartial scoring system used in multiple subjective Olympic sports.
  • 1 0
 0.33 between the top 3 1. Brandon Semenuk 91.33 2. Sam Pilgrim 91.00 3. Martin Soderstrom 90.67
  • 3 0
 0.33 between 1 and 2, and 2 and 3. Your comment makes it sound like there is "0.33 between the top 3".
  • 1 0
 yeah I know I meant it in the way you put it
  • 1 0
 Its getting like ice skating with those skinny jeans. Lycra next.
  • 6 0
 Should of been Semenuk, Yannick, Soderstrom and then Pilgrim........Yannick got robbed, great riding, course and comp all the way around tho, I think this is what the world was waiting for at xgames.
  • 10 1
 martin got robbed!
  • 8 0
 in first run. judges must be in drunk
  • 10 2
 Soderström was robbed first run.
Glad he made the podium.
  • 9 2
 I like pilgrim but sodestroms run was WAY better... Soderstrom 2 nd pilgrim 3rd..
  • 6 0
 Holy crap everyone threw down out there O.o Makes me super pumped for Whistler Crankworxs!
  • 5 1
 X-Games was just a warm-up. Semenuk is out to destroy. That guy is so f*ckin' pro, he could run with BMXers & win. If Pilgrim's run was good for a 91, Semenuk's was a 95+. Hella.
  • 7 2
 pilgrim is getting way too much points for his stupid backflips...there is almost no variety in his tricks!
  • 3 0
 1st. Brandon Semenuk, 2nd. Martin Soderstrom 3er. Yannick Granieri ! así debió ser ! las rondas de pilgrim no mostraron nada novedoso y tampoco fueron tan limpias como las de soderstrom o granieri
  • 7 1
 congrats brandon! when can i apply for internship? :-0
  • 5 0
 Brandon's run was sick! He deserves the win.
  • 6 2
 Nice to see Brandon on top of the podium. And Granieri deserved a better score for his second run, definitely.
  • 5 0
 Yannick Granieri deserves a podium
  • 3 2
 Truly stoked for Semenuk, crashing hard in his first run I was feeling bad to see him go out like that but to come back with such a clean run, only 1 pedal slip and throwing down huge with the corked 720 at the end I think he deserved to take the win for sure. Especially after being out of comps for a while and taking some rest time, Semenuk really pulled through after that first gnarly crash. Soderstom's trip tails were so sick and I do think his run was a tad better than Pilgrims. He probably deserved second but in the end everyone threw down and Granieri's flip double whip was steezy as. Stoked for all the riders who competed today! Smile
  • 6 1
 i dont think anyone noticed that Semenuks double whip was opposite...
  • 4 0
 Youre slopestyle final starts "right now!!!"......... five minutes of cinematic shots later..........
  • 4 1
 did anyone notice that brandon threw a oppo double whip??? that wasnt regular, and with all those other bangers he put down, that was just insane!!!
  • 2 0
 any one else realised there is point 33 between the top 3 guys it was sick riding but dose no one else think its a bit of a coincidence 1. Brandon Semenuk 91.33 2. Sam Pilgrim 91.00 3. Martin Soderstrom 90.67
  • 1 0
 I feel like, this year everyone learned some opposite tricks to mixed up their runs a bit. This is something that Brandon already did last year, like his "360 on, oppo 360 off" combo at Bearclaw Invitational. And now he still outmatches all the other riders by stomping a huge 720. Sick dude.
  • 1 0
 emm Semenuk I found really unfair that go with the first places as a drop tube ... pilgrim down very well and give you the truth second theme I found unfair nose if someone thinks the same ....
  • 1 0
 i guess pilgrims run was flawless but dont really understand why a slightly slipped pedal can cost you points...i think martin got robbed on his first run compared to pilgrim's .
  • 1 2
 Yeah, it seems a pedal slip doesn't cost you points if your names semenuk's!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 Can we all agree that this Slopestyle event had blind mice for judges? Some of the quali runs were flawless, yet insufficient. I'm over the moon that Semenuk won, but all the others.... come on! Some real Illuminati stuff here.
  • 1 0
 Holy crap! I remember when a flip whip would get a "SHUT THE FRONT DOOR", now a run with some 3's, tail-whips, and flip-whips isn't even 60. Each year this progresses so much!
  • 3 0
 All of them were absolutely shredding . Awesome event
  • 3 0
 Everyone killed it so hard!!
  • 3 0
 solid crankworx.everyone went big. i feel bad for the judges...
  • 2 0
 so much skill now so glad slopestyle is gettin big!! also cant wait for anthony to put a top to bottom run
  • 3 0
 Best slopestyle contest which i have ever seen, that's for sure !
  • 1 0
 Really great comp with some real bangers thrown by the whole start list! The course was awesome to watch and looked so fun to ride. Proper awesome comp Smile
  • 2 0
 Apparently every single one of the dudes got the memo to wear the skinniest jeans possible =P
  • 3 0
 Brett tippie should be the only person to commentate anything
  • 2 0
 Brandon's double whip was oppo also
  • 3 1
 good job senemuk good to see you on the top again!
  • 4 2
 Antoine Bizet definitely deserved a podium finish!
  • 3 1
 YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Best man. Ride on Semenuk. So ambitious...
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 I want to drop kick both the commentators in the face.
  • 2 0
 The young guy in the commentairy booth is awesome ! good job man!
  • 3 0
 Turf toe hurts.
  • 1 0
 that was the sickest slopestyle comp I've ever seen. dudes were throwing DOWN.
  • 1 1
 So the corked 720 must be Brandons go-to trick. He won Claymore last year with it and he seems to be the only guy throwing it.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what trek model Brandon uses in this event?
  • 1 0
 remedy maybe?cmiiw
  • 1 0
 The judging is terrible in these competions.
  • 4 2
 martin robbed Frown
  • 1 0
 anyone hear the announcer say Brandon Semenook? In the podium? Haha
  • 3 2
 Soderstrom and Graneiri were so robbed.
  • 2 0
 and where andreu?
  • 1 0
 wow best comp of the year so far??
  • 1 0
 Norbs got robbed again????.....
  • 1 0
 He's starting off well! He's on top for a reason!
  • 2 1
 I knew it!
  • 2 1
 Woohoo! Guessed it!
  • 2 1
 Semenuk is BACK!!!!
  • 1 1
 Zink and Montgomery best !!!! of 15
  • 2 2
 Its all about Sam Pimprim he's smashing it for the uk
  • 1 0
 Sick! Go Brandon!!
  • 1 0
 This contest was sick.
  • 1 0
 surprise, surprise
  • 1 0
 Its hard to be a judge
  • 1 0
 Bizet got robbed too !!!
  • 3 4
 Yeah Buddy!!
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