Italy's Rocca Wins Slalom, Miller Fails to Finish


CHAMONIX, France Jan. 8, 2005 (AP by Erica Bulman) - Italy's Giorgio Rocca won his second straight slalom Sunday, easily capturing a race in which overall World Cup leader Bode Miller failed to finish the first leg.

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Rocca, the slalom winner in Flachau before the Christmas break, had two excellent runs and took the lead in the World Cup slalom standings. He had a combined time of 1 minute, 28.15 seconds _ 1.33 seconds ahead of runner-up Benjamin Raich of Austria. Markus Larsson of Sweden, 14th after the opening leg, finished third in 1:29.51.

Miller has finished only one World Cup slalom this season, the night race he won in Sestriere, Italy, in mid-December. This time, he was caught on a tight gate. Miller received a low start number (15th) for failing to show on time for the draw the previous evening. The American arrived seven minutes late at the meeting room, going instead to the podium where the public draw was to be held later. He had failed to turn up at all for the downhill draw and was made to start 30th instead of 28th, where he was supposed to begin based on his result from final training.

Rocca, who won the slalom on this course last year, leads the slalom standings with 280 points. Raich is second, 10 points behind, followed by Rainer Schoenfelder at 198.

Miller is ninth with 100 points, but still easily tops the overall rankings with 908 points. Raich is second with 640, while teammate Michael Walchhofer is third at 541. Defending overall champion Hermann Maier is fourth at 538.

Canadian rookie Canadian Patrick Biggs, who studies engineering at Dartmouth, finished 10th Sunday after posting the fastest second leg in his first World Cup race.