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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Even Minus Tomba, Italians Dominate

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- They've been cheering "Viva Italia" a lot on the men's alpine ski World Cup circuit lately, and it's not just because of Alberto Tomba.


Peter Runggaldier added to the Italian mystique Sunday by completing a weekend green, white and red sweep at Whistler Mountain with a victory in the super giant slalom.


The 26-year-old from Selva-Gardena was timed in one minute, 35.84 seconds to secure his first-ever World Cup win. On Saturday, his Italian teammate Kristian Ghedina had won the men's downhill here.


"Maybe it's Whistler Village we like so much and the Italian restaurants," Runggaldier laughed. "The course here is really nice, though. It's not so steep."


He added: "I've been four or five times second in World Cup, just behind the winner by a few hundredths of seconds. So I'm really happy to win. It's a big day for me. You must risk 100 percent to ski fast."


Unlike Saturday's conditions, when the course deteriorated with each racer, the track on Sunday held up through the entire race under bright, sunny conditions.


Runggaldier, who started second, said: "There was a lot of trouble for the first 10 numbers because the light wasn't so good. But on the lower part of the course it was better to have a lower number. I chose the right number."


It was the same hard, lightning-fast course for the later racers as it was for Runggaldier. One by one the field of 69 starters took their shot.


A total of 21 racers either skied off course or crashed. Olympic downhill gold medalist Tommy Moe of the U.S. crashed on the upper sections of the course and was believed to have suffered broken ribs.


With only 15 starters left, American A.J. Kitt blitzed home from the 54th start position to finish second in 1:35.97.


"I'm still a downhiller," Kitt said. "It was an incredibly important result for me today though. I'm back on the podium after two years away and it feels great. It really makes me more a two-event skier now."


Austrian Christian Greber was third in 1:36.62.


Austrian G--nther Mader, who led the super-G standings coming into Whistler, finished fifth in the race in 1:36.70 after Canadian Ed Podivinsky roared to fourth in 1:36.68.


With the win, Runggaldier moved into the men's World Cup super-G standings lead with 216 points and three races left on the calendar.


Mader slipped to second 47 points behind, while Moe stood in third with 109 points.


Tomba, dominant in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom, did not race in Canada this weekend but retains the overall World Cup men's standings lead with 1,050 points, 350 points ahead of Slovenian Jure Kosir.