Eagle-Vail’s Del Bosco wins in France
LES CONTAMINES, France – Canada’s and Eagle-Vail’s Chris Del Bosco ended his season-long wait for a podium finish Sunday with victory at the skicross World Cup stop in Les Contamines, France.
The dual citizen of the Great White North and the United States – he grew up on the slopes of Vail – won his first World Cup start since topping the podium in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Jan. 24, 2010, for his fourth tour career win.
Del Bosco led from start to finish in the final to secure the win in style, while teammate Kelsey Serwa, of Kelowna, British Columbia, was second in the women’s race after narrowly losing a photo finish to Ophelie David, of France. Olympic champion Ashleigh McIvor, of Whistler, British Columbia, was sixth.
“It feels great. I’ve come so close but I haven’t been able to do it,” said Del Bosco, who has had two fifth-place finishes on the World Cup earlier this year, including one on Wednesday in Alpe d’Huez, France. “I’ve been skiing well enough to win but everything kind of worked out today.”
Del Bosco, who has worked at improving his starts this year, struggled in his semifinal.
“I had a pretty ragged semifinal but I just fought through that,” said Del Bosco. “I managed to get the lead again in the final. I got out clean and there was a little bit of tangling behind me, which gave me a little gap and I was able to hold it together.”
Austria’s Andreas Matt finished second and Egor Korotkov, of Russia, was third.
For Del Bosco, it was a sweet win. He had been skiing with an injured left knee when he had spectacular crash in the Olympics up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he finished fourth. He continued to ski the rest of the 2010 season, and very well with five top-five finishes.
He finally got the torn tendon fixed this summer.
With the 100 points from Sunday, Del Bosco surged into second in the World Cup skicross standing with 225 points, only behind Matt (319).
Next up for Del Bosco is the X Games in Aspen from January 27-30, where he is the defending gold medalist. While the X Games is not an official World Cup event, it’s a gathering of the sport’s best and the final tuneup for the World Freestyle Ski Championships in Deer Valley, Utah, in the beginning of February.
While every season is different, Del Bosco seems to be surging in the middle of the season, just as he did late last year. His win Sunday was almost a year to the date when he won in Alpe D’Huez (Jan. 13, 2010). Del Bosco then captured another World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., and then took the X Games, riding three wins in four starts into the Olympics.