In the women’s contest Brockhoff and Baff were drawn on the same side of the draw from the quarter-final stage, and managed to advance through each round to both make it to the big final.
With six riders in heats at the Italian event, the racing was close in the final, Brockhoff made a strong start, but Baff fell behind and then worked her way back to be in contention for the podium. Swiss rider Sina Siegenthaler made the passing move to the finish the line in first place just ahead of Brockhoff in second who was 0.07 second behind, Baff was next across the line in third.
In the men’s final Adam Labert raced to the third medal of his career, and was unlucky not to get the win after a photo finish showed he was behind by just two centimetres. Alessandro Haemmerle from Austria finished in front to claim the win , and Eliot Grondin of Canada was just behind Lambert in in third.
“The whole day has been crazy, and to top it off with a podium is so epic, it was so close to a gold,” said the 26-year-old Lambert from Jindabyne in the NSW Snowy Mountains.
Also competing for Australia in Cervinia were Cameron Bolton who made it through to the small final for the second time this season in eighth, Declen Dent 30th, Jarryd Hughes 46th, Kobi Dent 48th and James Johnston 59th.
In the women's event Amber Essesx and Mia Clift were 15th and 16th, giving them personal best World Cup finishes.