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Simoncelli takes first Cup victory

Simoncelli had shown his potential at Alta Badia

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1. Davide Simoncelli (Ita) 2:33.90
2. Kalle Palander (Fin) 2:34.
3. Bode Miller (U.S.) 2:35.11
4. M. Blardone (Ita) 2:35.33
5. Benjamin Raich (Aut) 2:35.89
6. Thomas Grandi (Can) 2:36.00
7. Arnold Rieder (Ita) 2:36.12
8. Alberto Schieppati (Ita) 2:36.
9. Lasse Kjus (Nor) 2:36.27
10. Joel Chenal (Fra) 2:36.67


1. Bode Miller (U.S.) 310
2. Kalle Palander (Fin) 249
3. Frederic Covili (Fra) 190
4. Davide Simoncelli (Ita) 180
5. Andreas Schifferer (Aut) 152
6. Benjamin Raich (Aut) 134
7. Hans Knauss (Aut) 131
8. Arnold Rieder (Ita) 130
9. Joel Chenal (Fra) 113
10. M. Blardone (Ita) 106


1. Hermann Maier (Aut) 515
2. Hans Knauss (Aut) 433
3. Lasse Kjus (Nor) 393
4. Michael Walchhofer (Aut) 376
5= Kalle Palander (Fin) 349
5= Andreas Schifferer (Aut) 349
7. Stephan Eberharter (Aut) 342
8. Bode Miller (U.S.) 337
9. Bjarne Solbakken (Nor) 323
10. Benjamin Raich (Aut) 319

ALTA BADIA, Italy -- Italian Davide Simoncelli achieved his first World Cup victory by winning a giant slalom on the Gran Risa course in the Italian Dolomites.

Simoncelli, leading after the first leg, held his nerve in the second run to beat Finland's Kalle Palander and world champion Bode Miller of the United States.

The 24-year-old Simoncelli, who clocked two minutes 33.90 seconds, had shown his potential with second places last week and last season at the same venue.

"I was really nervous before the second race and I just couldn't wait to get started," said Simoncelli.

"I made a few mistakes in the top section but that really woke me up and I knew I had to go for it then.

"I was aiming for the top three but I never expected to win -- it's wonderful."

Palander, who won here a week ago, was 1.03 seconds behind with Miller, the victor in the season's previous two giant slaloms, a further 0.18 seconds back.

"It's a good feeling to be on the podium," said Miller, who has been struggling for form in recent races.

"I feel I can get back my momentum. I just need to have some time to train.

The home team had four men in the top 10, with Massimiliano Blardone fourth, Arnold Rieder seventh and Alberto Schieppati celebrating a career-best eighth place.

Hermann Maier of Austria held onto the overall World Cup lead despite finishing in 26th place.

Wiped out

High winds and fog wiped out a women's World Cup super-G in St Moritz.

Organizers had planned to possibly lower the start but, because strong gusts and heavy fog affected the middle section of the Corviglia course, there was no option but to cancel the race.

The International Ski Federation could not say if it would be rescheduled.

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