After qualifying first in each of his last four downhill skateboarding races, Vernon’s Quin Finocchio finally made it count in the main event Sunday in Peyragudes, France.
The 17-year-old finished first in the IGSA (International Gravity Sports Association) Peyragudes Deluxe Cup Junior 2 class, earning him the world No. 1 ranking in the division.
Finocchio has reached the finals in each of his last five IGSA world cup events – he was runner-up at the Padova Grand Prix, Aug. 5, in Teolo, Italy; he was third in the Kozakov Challenge (Kozakov, Czech Republic); and took fourth-place honours in the Mt. Keira Challenge (Wollongong, Australia) and Newtons Nation (Bathurst, Australia).
Finocchio, a Vernon Secondary grad, has also turned in solid results in the Open Downhill division and is currently ranked in the top 20.
He will complete is IGSA European Series tour this weekend in the Descente, in Montreux, Switzerland.
The Peyragudes course was used in this year’s Tour de France, which ended at the start line of the downhill race course.
Earlier, Vernon’s Zen Shikaze, 22, scored silver at the IGSA downhill event in Kozakov, one of the toughest courses on the world cup circuit.
Rain played a big factor in the race, and it was those who rode more conservatively and also had some luck that prevailed. A soaked track, combined with treacherous sections at both the top and bottom of the Kozakov course, caused IGSA officials to shorten the event for safety reasons.
Shikaze, who also earned silver earlier this year at the Vernon DH, finished behind Swiss rider Kevin Bouaich. Germany’s Sebastien Hertler collected bronze. Bouaich’s first-ever win makes him the fourth different winner in as many world cup races. He is ranked 11th in the IGSA Open class.