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Hirscher wins WCup giant slalom ahead of Luitz

Updated: December 9, 2012, 2:22 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JEROME PUGMIRE

AP Sports Writer

VAL D'ISERE, France -- Defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria protected his first-run lead to comfortably win a giant slalom race on Sunday, helped by Frenchman Alexis Pinturault's clumsy mistake three gates from the end.

Hirscher, who was third in Saturday's slalom, secured his first win of the season, his third consecutive podium spot and fifth so far.

"I heard a lot of questions recently, like `What's ...

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