GB’s Charlotte Bankes Takes Snowboard Cross World Cup Title

Charlotte Bankes won the overall Snowboard Cross World Cup for the second time despite finishing fifth in the final race of the season in Canada.

Bankes won on Saturday’s race, so her nearest rival, France’s Chloe Trespeuch, needed victory to on Sunday to have any chance of overhauling the Briton’s points tally.

But Trespeuch finished third in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada.

For the first time since the first competition of the season, 27-year old Bankes failed to podium as she finished fifth in the women’s contest.

First place, which Bankes had achieved in the last five World Cup rounds, was instead taken by Australia’s Josie Baff.

For Bankes it was enough to confirm the Crystal Globe with 723 points.

Trespeuch finished second on 650 while Baff finished third with 493.

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“To finish like that, to secure the globe for the second year running is pretty amazing,” said Bankes after the event.

It is Bankes’ second title in a row.

“To fight all the way with Chloe, it was a super tight fight. She did an amazing season,” she added.

“To do the season I’ve done – I can’t quite believe it.”

The British snowboarder won back-to-back golds at the round in Sierra Nevada, Spain, two weeks ago, before another victory in Veysonnaz, Switzerland on 16th March.

Saturday’s win was her seventh World Cup podium and sixth gold medal this season.

At the start of March, Bankes crashed out of her individual snowboard cross title defence in the Snowboard World Championships, before being crowned mixed team world champion alongside Huw Nightingale last week.


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