Jeremy Nobis of Park City, Utah, finished seventh in his first race after returning to World Cup competition. Winner of the race was Marc Girardelli, who beat Alberto Tomba, his longtime rival from Italy, by a whopping 1.56 seconds Tuesday.

Nobis, who has skied in only five World Cup races, posted a time of 2:08.17. His previous best was a 31st. Girardelli had a two-run total of 2:05.72 minutes. This is the best finish by a U.S. skier in two years and the first time in two years a U.S. racer has qualified for the second run of a GS. This was also the best finish by a U.S. racer on this course since Phil Mahre's second back in 1982.The victory was the second in a row for Girardelli and widened his lead in the season standings.

Nobis, who was named to the U.S. team's A squad last week, has won seven GS and Super G titles in U.S. races this year.

World champion Rudolf Nierlich of Austria was third, 1.69 back at 2:07.41.

Tuesday's victory, coming after weekend triumphs in the slalom and combined at Kitzbuehel, made Girardelli a strong contender for the world championships next week.