FISE Montpellier 2018 is done and dusted. Literally dusted, because we experienced some scorching heat here in South of France. The saving grace was a light breeze, which helped fight off high temperatures. However, it wasn't this easy yesterday, as the "invisible enemy" destroyed riding and postponed qualifying to today. Most of the riders started practice early in the morning to feel confident going into the main event. Newcomer Owen Marks clearly was into it, going through the course lap after lap. Dawid Godziek was also present, but unfortunately, he didn't qualify to the finals.
Some of the riders went down in a bad way; Lukas Huppert didn't even finish his breakfast when he got text that the course is open for practice, only to crash a little later—taking him out for the rest of the day. Extremely unlucky was Thomas Genon, who over-rotated a frontflip on the big booter, went over the bars and hit the deck hard, resulting in a left shoulder dislocation. He's tough as nails though, so we expect to see him at Crankworx Innsbruck.
The finals went well, with Nicholi Rogatkin taking the top step, followed by Tomas Lemoine in second and Diego Caverzasi in 3rd place. Lukas Knopf and Louis Reboul are happy winners of Wild cards for Crankworx Les Gets.
Alex Alanko wasn't his usual-self in the final round due to a crash on cork 720 earlier in the day.
Paul Couderc rode really good all contest long. Despite a crash in the second run in the finals, he got himself the 9th place.
Diego Caverzasi and his big bag of tricks put him right in the 3rd. He gets more and more consistent with results, which surely is a good thing for this young Italian rider.
|Super stoked to make FISE finals happen, as we struggled with wind the day before. Had to put the qualifiers and the finals on the same day, which made it a hectic day, but we're still happy to put it on! The crowd came in full force, the weather was amazing, some guys got a bit unlucky, other got lucky - that's the way it goes. I am over the moon to end up as the champ today. My first FISE was when I was 13 years-old and to finally get my first top of the podium here after so many years feels incredible.—Nicholi Rogatkin|
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