Skiing - Hirscher bags record fifth Val d'Isere victory

Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes in the first run of the FIS World Cup Alpine Men's Giant Slalom on December 12, 2015, in Val-d'Isere, French Alps. (AFP Photo/PHILIPPE DESMAZES)

- Austrian master Marcel Hirscher confirmed his impressive early-season form with another dominant victory in a World Cup giant slalom in Val d'Isere. Hirscher, with two victories in Beaver Creek (giant, super-G) and a third place in the Soelden giant already to his name this year, was fastest down both legs in brilliant sunshine and crisp conditions in the French Alps, clocking a combined time of 2min 08.46sec. Felix Neureuther of Germany finished second, at 1.29sec, with France's Victor Muffat-Jeandet completing the podium, at 1.58sec.