Frenchies Dominate Nissan Russian Adventure by Swatch in … La Flègére

Julien Lopez / ©Nissan Russian Adventure by Swatch 2010 – Chamonix / C. Margot

The Nissan Russian Adventure by Swatch went down on the  northeast face of Aiguille Pourrie at La Flègére yesterday under bluebird skies and warm temps. The French Massif came out in force taking three spots on the men’s skiing podium but rather than Candide in the top position as everyone expected it was Julien Lopez bringing home the gold with a smooth fall line run that included a cleanly landed backflip followed by a nice double. Candide took second and there was a tie for third between Seb Michaud and Henrik Windstedt.

Men’s Skiing

1- Julien Lopez (FRA)
2- Candide Thovex (FRA)
3- Seb Michaud (FRA) & Henrik Windstedt (SWE)

In the snowshredder category Chamonix homeboy Xavier de Le Rue won the men’s with a fast technical line and a big double jump at the bottom. The nature of the 500-meter, 40˚ face enabled the athletes to boost bigger airs, a bit more stylish maneuvers, and faster lines. Austria’s Max Zipser took second while Russia’s Gennady Khyrachkov grabbed his first podium. “Unfortunately Chamonix local Douds Charlet FRA (4th) fell when executing a big backflip at the end of his run. He would probably have been on top of the podium if he would have stuck it clean as he had a really creative line interpretation, with several stylish jumps, especially a massive 360°, the biggest snowboard jump of the day,” said a source who asked to remain anonymous to protect himself from incrimination.

Men’s Snowboarding

1- Xavier de Le Rue (FRA)
2- Max Zipser (AUT)
3- Gennady Khryachkov (RUS)

The women did not compete and will have their makeup day on February 13th at the Scott Big Mountain Fieberbrunn (Austria), a Freeride World Qualifier event.

Going into the third event of the four-event series – the Nissan Tram Face in Squaw Valley on February 27 – the overall rankings look like this:

Men’s Skiing

1. Candide Thovex (FRA)

2. Julien Lopez (FRA)

3. Kaj Zackrisson (SWE)

4. Henrik Windstedt (SWE)

5. Tim Dutton (USA)

6. Sverre Lillequist (SWE)

7. Seb Michaud (FRA)

8. Aurelien Ducroz (FRA)

9. Stefan Hausl (AUT)

10. JT Holmes (USA)

Men’s Snowboarding

1. Mitch Toelderer (AUT)

2. Douds Charlet (FRA)

3. Xavier de Le Rue (FRA)

4. Khryachkov Gennady (RUS)

5. Max Zipser (AUT)

6. James Stentiford (GBR)

7. Routens Aurelien (FRA)

8. Cyril Neri (SUI)

9. Matt Annetts (USA)

10. Eric Themel (AUS)

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