Tomba Stays Perfecto

WENGEN, Switzerland -- Alberto Tomba's relentless World Cup slalom sweep is unstoppable.


At least his competitors think so.


Italy's larger-than-life living legend won his seventh straight slalom of the season Sunday by a huge margin to match his personal best and widen his lead in the overall standings.


Tuesday's giant slalom will give him a chance to increase his victories in the longer discipline to three in the stretch run before the World Championships. If he does this, he will break his previous record of nine victories in one season.


"He's in sensational form. It's impossible to beat him," said Michael von Gruenigen, the second-placed Swiss, who came in 1.32 seconds behind "La Bomba," the 28-year-old Italian bomb.


"At the moment there's Alberto and the rest, and I belong to the 'rest,'" mused Austria's Thomas Stangassinger, who finished fifth Sunday.


Tomba increased his World Cup points to 950 -- a full 400 ahead of his old rival Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg, who moved up to second from fifth thanks to a victory in the combined.