Italy’s Flavio Crespi did what he needed to earn the 2005 World Cup season title, winning the final comp in Kranj, Slovenia, by flashing all three routes. Crespi, 25, finished third overall last year; he won four of the nine World Cup events this season. Spain’s Ramón Julián Puigblanque, the only competitor who might have challenged Crespi for the season trophy in Kranj, did not even make the finals, finishing 14th.
Slovenian women took three of the five top spots in front of the home crowd, but the gold medal, as usual, went to Austria’s Angela Eiter, who dominated World Cup climbing to an extraordinary degree in 2005. At just 19 years old, Eiter won eight of the nine World Cup comps and finished second in the ninth.
America’s Vadim Vinokur finished 21st at Kranj and ended the season ranked 24th. He competed in four World Cup comps in 2005, with a career-best fifth-place finish in Belgium in April.
World Cup Kranj, Slovenia
Men 1. Flavio Crespi (ITA) 2. Jorg Verhoeven (NED) 3. Cédric Lachat (SWI) 4. Tomas Mrazek (CZE) 5. Alex Chabot (FRA) 21. Vadim Vinokur (USA)
Women 1. Angela Eiter (AUT) 2. Maja Vidmar (SLO) 3. Natalija Gros (SLO) 4. Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA) 5. Mina Markovic (SLO)
World Cup 2005 Season Standings
Men 1. Flavio Crespi (ITA) 2. Ramón Julián Puigblanque (SPA) 3. Cédric Lachat (SWI) 4. Jorg Verhoeven (NED) 5. Alex Chabot (FRA)
Women 1. Angela Eiter (AUT) 2. Maja Vidmar (SLO) 3. Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA) 4. Alexandra Eyer (SWI) 5. Muriel Sarkany (BEL)Comment on this story