Austria’s Marcel Hirscher earned a record fifth win in Val d’Isere on Saturday with a dominating performance in a World Cup giant slalom on the Bellevarde course.
After building a small lead of 0.14 seconds over Henrik Kristoffersen in the first run, the 26-year-old proved too strong for his rivals in the afternoon and looked in total control on the bumpy course where he claimed his first World Cup win back in 2009.
Hirscher, who clinched the super-G and the giant slalom in Beaver Creek last week, eventually won by a massive margin of 1.29 seconds ahead of Felix Neureuther who secured his first podium finish this season.
Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet completed the podium on his home snow, 1.58 seconds off the pace while American Ted Ligety endured another frustrating day after crashing in Beaver Creek. The 31-year-old made a huge mistake in the first run and ended up 2.83 seconds behind Hirscher and failing to qualify for the afternoon run.
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