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WENGEN, Switzerland Jan. 16, 2005 (AP by Erica Bulman)–Alois Vogl tamed the toughest slalom course on the circuit Sunday for his first World Cup victory and the first in the event by a German man in 14 years.
Overall World Cup leader Bode Miller skied out in the second leg on the famed Lauberhorn hill. The American earned just 60 points in three races this weekend by finishing third in Saturday’s downhill.
Vogl, who has been on the circuit more than a decade, was fourth after the opening leg but produced a flawless second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 35.38 seconds. The previous German man to win a slalom was Peter Roth in New Zealand in 1990.
Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic, struggling with a knee injury from last season, was second in 1:35.59, his first top-three finish in more than a year. Austria’s Benjamin Raich, winner of Friday’s super-combined. was third in 1:35.84.
For a while, it appeared Italy’s Giorgio Rocca had won, but a video replay showed he straddled a gate midway down and he was disqualified. Finnish slalom specialist Kalle Palander, like Miller, skied out in the second leg.
Miller has completed only one of five slalom races this season, when he won in Sestriere, Italy, last month. He also failed to finish the slalom leg of Friday’s super-combined.
Miller still tops the overall rankings with 1,048 points, but Raich has improved to 850. Michael Walchhofer, the winner of the Saturday’s downhill, is third at 641.
Raich overtook Rocca for the slalom standings leads with 330 points. Rocca was second at 280 and Vogl moved to third at 204.
Thomas Grandi looked set to give Canada its first World Cup victory in a men’s slalom. He had the fastest time in the opening leg but spun off the course in the second run.
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