In a drama-filled men’s PGS, Italy’s Roland Fischnaller, 43, not only bagged the top spot but, more unexpectedly, the season’s small globe by virtue of a series of results that saw him make up a 90-point deficit on the leader, Oskar Kwiatwowski (POL).
In a must-win big final, against compatriot Mirko Felicetti, the veteran bagged 100 points for the win, and jumped two places in the standings to take the 2022/23 overall PGS title at the last gasp. Italy bagged a 1-2-3 courtesy of Edwin Coratti placing third.
Kwiatwowski was unable to claim any points after failing to qualify for the knockout stages today. The other protagonist, Andreas Prommegger, was unable to progress just one stage further in the knockout rounds after being beaten by local rider, Zan Kosir (SLO) in the quarter final, missing out on claiming enough points to take the overall gong. The standings finished with Fischnaller on 344 points, Prommegger on 336, Kwiatkowski on 334 and Felicetti on 253.
The rankings on the men’s overall tour with one individual race to go sees Maurizio Bormolini (ITA) leading the way on 452 points, Alexander Payer (AUT) and Prommegger on 433 points, Kwiatkowski on 398, Fabian Obmann (AUT) on 385 and that man Fischnaller, no doubt hoping for more miracles, on 384.
“It was a very emotional day for me,” said Fischnaller, “because a few days ago I had a new board and I was riding with my son, and he told me you are riding faster than me with this board, you have to use it in Rogla and you will win. And I used it and now I won so everything goes to my son!
“I was also a little bit lucky. Oskar, he didn’t qualify and also Prommegger went out in the first round so I had to win, so there was a little bit of pressure for me, but I take home the globe.”
The final PSL of the 2022/23 tour will be on Saturday 18 March, and the mixed team event on Sunday (19 March).
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