Kalle Palander won his third career giant slalom victory on the Gran Risa course yesterday.
The Finnish skier led the first run and his two-run combined time was 2 minutes, 30.92 seconds.
Olympic giant slalom champion Benjamin Raich of Austria finished second, 0.42 seconds behind, and Marc Berthod of Switzerland was third, 0.45 back.
The 30-year-old Palander released a note saying he had an "important announcement" to make after the race. He gave no further details.
Ted Ligety, the American who leads the GS standings, was penalized by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for showing up four minutes late to Saturday's public draw. He was forced to start 46th instead of within the top 15 and fined 999 Swiss Francs (US$867).
Ligety was 10th after the opening run then skied the fastest second run to finish fifth, 0.58 seconds behind.
Bode Miller skied off course in the first run when one of his bindings came apart while he leaned hard into a turn. The ski dislodged from Miller's foot and continued down the slope by itself. Miller skied the rest of the way with one ski but was out of the race.
"There was so much force going on, it was just bad luck really," Miller said after a long discussion with his ski rep Rainer Salzgeber, the chief of Head's racing department.
"A screw popped out," Salzgeber said. "It shouldn't happen. We would have to do an X-ray on the ski to find out exactly what happened."
Meanwhile, Sweden's Anja Paerson leaped to the top of the women's World Cup standings yesterday after celebrating her second victory in the space of 24 hours.
Paerson followed up on her triumph in Saturday's St Moritz downhill with a win in the super-G, powering down the 2,050m Corviglia course in one minute 15.06 seconds.
Canada's Emily Brydon grabbed a surprise second place, just 0.04 seconds behind Paerson, while Austrian former downhill world champion Renate Goetschl took third spot a further 0.18 seconds back.
"It's really like a dream," Paerson said. "Yesterday I wasn't even thinking beyond getting across the finish line because I knew this was a really tough super-G course."
It was the 37th World Cup race victory of Paerson's career and marked the seventh time that she has won two World Cup events on consecutive days.
Her last World Cup "double" came in San Sicario in February 2005 when the Swede followed up a super-G win with her maiden victory in downhill. Her previous five doubles all came in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom.
Paerson now holds a four-point lead in the standings over defending overall champion Nicole Hosp of Austria, who finished sixth yesterday.
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