Vail’s Del Bosco gets first Cup podium |

Vail’s Del Bosco gets first Cup podium

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Matt Andreas of Austria, with red jersey, performs on his way to win the men's Ski Cross final at the World Cup ski event in Les Contamines, French Alps, ahead Markus Wittner of Austria, with blue jersey, Christopher Delbosco of Canada, with yellow jersey, and Thomas Zangerl of Austria, with green jersey, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

LES CONTAMINES, France ” Under sunny skies and perfect conditions, Eagle County’s Chris Del Bosco took second place during Saturday’s World Cup skiercross race in Les Contamines, France.

While Del Bosco won the final Jeep King of the Mountain Event last season in Sun Valley, Idaho, Saturday was Del Bosco’s first World Cup podium.

After a tough start in his first heat, Del Bosco, who has dual-citizenship and races for Team Canada, found himself in the third spot and locked in a battle with American racer Casey Puckett. Del Bosco was able to get around Puckett just before the finish line to advance to the next round.

In the quarterfinal, Del Bosco used the same passing move on the fastest qualifier in the race, Norway’s Audun Groenvold, overtaking him just before the finish to take a spot in the semifinals. In those semis, Del Bosco got great start and settled in behind Austria’s Markus Wittner and followed him down for a trip to the final.

In the final with fourth lane choice, Del Bosco was forced to choose the outside lane yet again and fought hard for third position into the second turn. Del Bosco was able to pass Wittner successfully on the inside on a turn halfway down the course to move into second spot and just missed catching Austria’s Andreas Matt at the finish line.

“I had a pretty mediocre qualifying time and I knew it was going to be a battle all day,” Del Bosco said “I really thought I had Matt at the bottom of the course. “All day, I’d been using this sling-shot pass to advance but it just came too late in the final heat.”

The next World Cup race Wednesdday in Flaine, France.

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