'Marc is skiing very well and has almost won the World Cup,' Tomba said. 'My main goal for the season is next month's World Championships.'
If he is right Girardelli will become one of the sport's great figures by winning the title for a record fifth time. He was naturally cagey about his chances, though. 'I am very happy with my performances this weekend. But the World Cup still has a way to go,' he said.
Vreni Schneider, the Swiss veteran, picked up the 43rd win of her career in yesterday's slalom at Cortina d'Ampezzo, but Anita Wachter, the Austrian World Cup leader, strengthened her position with seventh in the slalom and first in the combination.