Final FIRS World Cup of the season sees reigning World Champion in 4th at Semi-Finals
Parisian Julien Cudot will spend Saturday evening trying to keep it clean and low-key.
After placing fourth in the semi-final round of the FIRS FISE Roller Freestyle World Cup, he’s determined to do everything he can to hit the podium—particularly given his overall ranking.
Tied for the World Cup Championship with fellow French athlete Romain Godenaire, he only needs a top-10 finish to defend his title, but his fourth place seeding in the semi-final round of the last event this season here in Chengdu, China did not sit well.
“I still want to end it the proper way and give it my all for tomorrow. I want to win here as well,” he said.
The only athlete to launch into the course going up the wall-ride, he managed a misty-flip, a 360 flat-spin, and backflip 180, with a grab, using a line he’ll perfect for Sunday’s finals. He’s hoping to bring at least two 540s to the table when competition resumes, and will pack out the run with the aim of landing his final trick off the wall-ride, a finale which eluded him Saturday.
His biggest competitor will likely be Romain Abrate, who took first in Saturday’s semi-finals. All four of the top contenders have been neck-and-neck this season, and finished within a hair’s breath of each other.
Top 3 semifinals ranking:
1 Roman ABRATE - France - 84.66 PTS
2 Joe ATKINSON - UK - 82.33 PTS
3 Tomek PRZYBYLIK - Poland 77.00 PTS
Watch the run of Roman ABRATE:
The replay of the semi-final :