Snowboard - Dufour, Calve claim parallel slalom wins in Carezza

France's Sylvain Dufour picked up his maiden parallel slalom World Cup victory as he finished top of the pile in Carezza, Italy.

Heading into the event Dufour was able to boast a World Cup win in the parallel giant slalom, having claimed victory in Valmalenco back in March 2011.

And Italy clearly appeals to Dufour as he repeated the feat in the parallel slalom as he beat Austrian Alexander Payer in the big final.

But Austria didn't leave empty handed as Lukas Mathies beat Switzerland's Simon Schoch in the small final to take home bronze.

This was the first parallel slalom event of this World Cup campaign and the win moves Dufour into third in the overall standings on 1160 points, 40 behind Mathies while Slovenian Zan Kosir lead on 1250 after finishing fifth in Carezza – Great Britain’s Adam McLeish was 41st.

In the women's parallel slalom it was Canadian Caroline Calve who was celebrating, as she overcame the challenge of Russian Ekaterina Tudegesheva in the big final to claim victory.

And home favourite Nadya Ochner just missed out on a podium finish as she was beaten by German Selina Joerg in the small final.

Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer and Tudegesheva are joint top of the overall World Cup standings on 1400 points, with Calve now just 40 points further back.

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