Alberto Tomba of Italy returned to the site of his first ski race on Sunday and won the first race of his World Cup season.

Tomba, the double Olympic gold medalist, clocked the two fastest trips down the steep course for a winning time of 1 minute, 41.19 seconds.Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli was second, 0.91 behind, followed by Austrian Michael Tritscher.

Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland retained his World Cup lead despite failing to pick up any points for the second consecutive race.

The top U.S. finisher was Tiger Shaw of Stowe, Vt., who placed 18th - his best World Cup finish this season. Four other U.S. skiers failed to finish the race.