Snowboard - Visintin storms into Montafon lead

Omar Visintin kicked off his snowboard cross World Cup campaign in style, topping the pile for the first time in his career at the opening event in Montafon, Austria.

Snowboard - Visintin storms into Montafon lead

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Italy's Omar Visintin competes during the men's snowboard cross final round as part of the FIS Snowboard World Cup held in Schruns Montafon, Austria (AFP)

The Italian 23-year-old scooped 1000 points for the overall standings as he held off the challenge of home favourite Markus Schairer.

Third on the day was Nick Baumgartner of the United States of America with Australia’s Alex Pullin just off the podium places in fourth.

Great Britain's Thomas Bankes finished down in 62nd place and there was also disappointment for Russia's Andrey Boldykov, second overall in last year's World Cup, as he finished down in 49th.

Because of worsening weather conditions, organisers moved the women's cross to Saturday.

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