Pierre Vaultier closed in on winning the overall World Cup title with a second place finish ©Getty Images

Canada’s Baptiste Brochu earned the first International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard Cross World Cup win of his career after holding off the challenge of France’s Pierre Vaultier in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.

The 21-year-old impressively progressed through the early rounds of the competition and reached the final by finishing clear of the Olympic champion Vaultier at the semi-final stage.

It ensured he would earn only his second top-six finish at a World Cup event, but he was able to better the feat by taking advantage of a crash featuring several of his key rivals to claim a comfortable win.

“It feels so good to win my second final appearance ever,” Brochu said.

“I'm super stoked, it’s a dream come true.

“I don't have much to say, it's great to win here in Veysonnaz, the place where I broke my rib last year.”

Vaultier secured his fifth consecutive top two finish, following a photo finish with Austria’s Alessandro Haemmerle, who completed the podium.

The result enabled reigning Olympic champion Vaultier to move to the brink of claiming the World Cup title, as he holds a 1,742 point advantage over Haemmerle ahead of the penultimate event of the season tomorrow.

Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova earned gold in the women's event
Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova earned gold in the women's event ©Getty Images

Bulgaria’s Alexandra Jekova earned victory in the women’s event after finishing clear of Australia’s Belle Brockhoff and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic.

The result continued Jekova’s impressive set of results on Swiss snow, having claimed all three of her World Cup victories in the nation.

Having settled for third, Olympic champion Samkova took over the World Cup lead, having moved onto 3,760 points.

With two events remaining, she is narrowly ahead of Italy’s Michela Moioli and France’s Chloe Trespeuch, who have 3,650 and 3,440 points respectively.