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Eagle-Vail’s Del Bosco crowned Canadian champ-

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Special to the Daily/John EvelyEagle-Vail's Chris Del Bosco enjoys another view from the top of the podium after capturing the Canadian nationals in Lake Louise, Alberta, Saturday.

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – The world champ is also a Canadian champ.

And that seems right. Eagle Vail’s Chris Del Bosco wrapped his ski-cross season in fine style, winning Saturday’s Sport Chek Ski Cross Canadian Championships in Lake Louise, Alberta, edging Tristan Tafel for his second national title.

Del Bosco, one of the sport’s biggest stars, took an early lead in the men’s final and didn’t let go.

-“It was good to finish off on a high note,” said Del Bosco, who lives in Montreal, Que. “It’s big. When you are racing against your teammates there’s definitely something on the line there.”

There was a tough battle behind Del Bosco, as Whistler’s Davey Barr, Dave Duncan, of Golden, British Columbia, and Tafel jostled for position on a very tight course.

“In the first turn, Del got clear and the three of us were within feet of each other, with no room,” said Duncan.

Tafel, who won the overall Nor-Am title this season, was thrilled to take second place in the final ahead of two national team skiers.

“It’s kind of a surreal feeling. I’m pretty pumped,” said Tafel, who was a member of the Raymond James Alberta Ski Team before making the switch to the Alberta Ski Cross team.

Del Bosco finishes the ski-cross season with three World Cup wins, a World Championship gold in February, a near repeat at X Games – he won silver, the Canadian title and the No. 2 ranking in World Cup points.

This would generally earn a person a vacation, but Del Bosco’s already getting ready for another sport.

“Not even gonna let the ski boots dry off,” Del Bosco’s Facebook page said Saturday. “Starting off the mountain bike racin’ season next week. Stay tuned for the schedule.”

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