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19 December 2005 | News

One of the favourite runs on the White Circus Circuit, the Gran Risa slope in Alta Badia smiled with favour on the Italian team's sky-blue colours last Sunday, December 18 as Massimiliano Blardone stepped up to the top of the winners' stand after beating compatriot Davide Simoncelli by a mere 20 hundredths of a second . Thus it was that another two Dainese team athletes appear to be emulating Giorgio Rocca in the race to top form as the Turin 2006 Olympic Games approach. The article's title can be explained as a pun on the name of the famous film directed in 1960 by Luchino Visconti, "Rocco e i suoi fratelli".
This was the second World Ski Cup victory in his career for Max Blardone after this season's victory in Adelboden in which Canadian Bourque claimed third place, and an evergreen Hermann Maier finished sixth. Bode Miller left the race in the first heat won by Simoncelli with Blardone turning in the second-best time.