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Chamonix’s De Le Rue Wins Freeride World Tour

Douds Charlet, Verbier Xtreme 2010

Rider: Douds Charlet. Image:©Nissan Xtreme BY Swatch - Verbier 2010 / C. Margot

I know, I know. I’m pretty far off the back with this news but hey, that’s what happens when you dare to venture outside the wifi bubble for a week or so.

So the big (though unsurprising) news for those of us in the valley is certainly Chamonix loc Xavier de Le Rue bringing home the snowboarding gold (and some say, the best run of the day) in the Verbier event as well as the Freeride World Tour overall trophy. Well deserved. Xavier is truly The Man.

Verbier Xtreme Men’s Snowboard
1. Xavier DE LE RUE – FRA
2. Cyril NERI – SUI
3. Mitch TOELDERER – AUT

The ski division on the other hand was more hotly contested going into the final event at Verbier with several riders having a good shot at the overall title. Chamonix homeboy Kaj Zackrisson was the dude of the day, just edging out CHX loc Aurélien Ducroz’s near-identical run. The win was enough to earn Zackrisson second overall behind Candide Thovex with Henrik Windstedt third.

Verbier Xtreme Men’s Ski
1. Kaj ZACKRISSON – SWE
2. Aurélien DUCROZ – FRA
3. Candide THOVEX – FRA

So who do you believe had the best run of the day. Vote in our ChamonixInsider Poll-a-tron below.

Also interesting to note is the number of views the vids have generated. With that in mind, The Insider has decided to present our own Media Domination award. Sponsors, take note.

ChamonixInsider’s FWT Media Domination Award 2010 (as of 31 March)
1. Xavier DE LE RUE – 26,342 views
2. Julia MANCUSO – 22, 483 views
3. Kaj ZACKRISSON – 7,978 views

Seems as though Olympic fever is still strong, eh? In any case you gotta respect a girl who grabs third in her first freeride event ever and scores the most hits ever for a women’s freeski event. Nice one, Julia.

Freeride World Tour 2010 Overall Standings

Men’s Ski
1. Candide THOVEX – FRA
2. Kaj ZACKRISSON – SWE
3. Henrik WINDSTEDT – SWE

Men’s Snowboard
1. Xavier DE LE RUE – FRA
2. Mitch TOELDERER – AUT
3. Matt ANNETTS – USA

Women’s Ski
1. Ane ENDERUD – NOR
2. Jess MC MILLAN – USA
3. Jaclyn PAASO – USA

Women’s Snowboard
1. Aline BOCK – GER
2. Susan MOL – USA
3. Nathalie ZENKLUSEN – SUI

Finally, I’ve heard there were some pretty gnarly crashes at the Verbier event. If anyone knows where to find them on the interwebs hit me back with a link and I’ll throw ‘em up.