14/05/2023 – Lemeteyer destroys the field to claim his first emphatic victory as Rutkowski makes a perfect start to defending the world title.
The last day of the PWA World Cup in Torbole proved to be the best day of the event as the Ora has finally arrived to offer a solid afternoon of racing with 10-20 knots of wind. Temperatures remained cold throughout the day as the sun continued to be timid, But things definitely got hot on the water with many dramas unfolding as the day went by. …
Justine Lemeteyer (FMX Racing / S2Maui / LokeFoils) produced an absolutely phenomenal spectacle when the twenty-year-old literally and continuously pulled away from competitors to deservedly claim her first World Tour victory only in her second event.. Of 7 Deletes completed, Lemeteyer has won 6, But it wasn't just what he did., it was the way he did it, since it has often obtained an advantage of 100 meters, such was his dominion here in Italy!
Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails) started the last day outside the top 5 after faltering in the first two tests of the event (8A and 11A), But today the Spaniard has found her form to make an exciting comeback, which in the end would have seen her win the second step of the podium after recording two second places and three thirds today.
The reigning world champion – Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils) – has to settle for third place in the opening event, since as Blanca Alabau, The 31-year-old had to regret a slow start to the event, although in reality no one would have been able to challenge Lemeteyer.
Mae Davico (Patrik / Loft Sails / Patrik Foils) starts from Italy with a solid fourth place after producing a consistent performance, that saw her finish outside the top 4 only twice in 7 eliminations, while Femke van der Veen (Starboard / Severne Sails ), who led the ranking of the event at the beginning of the day, at the end completes the top 5.
The men's slalom saw an exciting finale with more riders all still in the race with the chance to win the event in view of the final of the last winners. Eventually, though, was the reigning world champion – Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) – to climb to the top of the leaderboard to secure his first win at 5 stars in the World Tour. The Pole won the opening elimination of the day to gather momentum and then sealed the final victory with a solid third and fourth place to start his title defence perfectly..
Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils) He almost went under the radar for most of the event as the world champion 2019 lost two of the winners' first three finals. However, with Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) and Will McMillan (Starboard / Challenger Sails / Patrik Foils) who retired in the last final of the week when they were leading, Mortefon took the opportunity to hit the front of the pack and sign his first win of the season, which saw French move from sixth to second place to firmly keep his name in conversation about the world title race in the early part of the year.
One of the stories of the day involved seventeen-year-old Will McMillan, who not only won his first elimination at the World Tour, But he also secured a first podium only in his second event.. That in itself is an extraordinary achievement., Especially considering the fact that he started going into foil solo 3 years ago, But things could have gone even better for the young Thai had he not fallen in his last jibe at the last buoy when he was leading the second elimination.. Despite everything, he immediately recovered to claim a victory in the next race.. McMillan will obviously be happy to be on the podium, But there might be a small hint of disappointment as he could very well have won the entire event.. McMillan possesses incredible speed and will be a real threat in future races..
Eventually, only 3 points separated the second from the seventh, which shows how good the margins are at the level of the elite of the regattas at the moment. Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7), finished second in the last race, missing the podium for only 0,3 points, while Michele Becker (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils), which is facing a full world season for the first time, He leaves with his best result so far – 5°.
The top ten is completed by Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails) in 6th place, Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils), who started the day as event leader but saw his hopes fade after losing the last two winning finals to finish 7th., While Henry Madsen, who finished 8th, He will have to regret a couple of mistakes that cost him a place on the podium, Nicolas Prien (JP / NeilPryde) in 9th place and William Huppert (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) 10° after climbing the ranking with a fourth and a fifth place.
1St Justine Lemeteyer (BETWEEN | FMX Racing / S2Maui / LokeFoil)
2nd Blanca Alabau (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails)
3Rd Marion Mortefon (BETWEEN | Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils)
4th Mae Davico (BETWEEN | Patrik / Loftsails / Patrik Foils)
5th Femke van der Veen (NED | Starboard / Severne Sails)
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1St Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
2ND Pierre Mortefon (BETWEEN | Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils)
3rd Will McMillan (THA | Starboard / Challenger Sails / Patrik Foils)
4th Johan Soe (DEN | FMX Racing / Point-7)
5th Michael Becker (GER | Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils)
6th Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails)
7th Alexandre Cousin (BETWEEN | Patrik / Patrik Sails / Chopper Fins / Patrik Foils)
8th Henry Madsen (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
9th Nico Prien (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
10th William Huppert (BETWEEN | Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Boards)
photo: SiCrowther (c) PWA
photo: Elena Giolai (c) CST
video: Emilio Santinelli (c) CST
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