0521 GMT October 20, 2019
The seven-time defending overall World Cup champion laid the groundwork for victory in a dominant first run in the Dolomites of northern Italy, AFP wrote.
Hirscher was impressive from the start gate to the finish down the challenging Gran Risa course clocking 1min 17.61sec in the first run, nearly one second ahead of his rivals.
The 29-year-old did even better in the second with 1:14.68 for a combined time of 2min 32.29sec with France's Thomas Fanara at 2.53sec and Alexis Pinturault at 2.69 to complete the podium.
"It was definitely on the limit," said Hirscher.
"I was very close to not getting to the finish line. It was on the edge."
Hirscher's great Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen, fifth fastest on the opening run, made two big mistakes on his second run and could only finish 14th overall at 3.65sec.
It was Hirscher's 61st World Cup victory and third this season after the slalom in Levi, Finland and giant slalom in Val d'Isere, France.
Sweden's Matts Olsson and Swiss Marco Odermatt, who had been second and third after the first run could not match the pace in the second.
Odermatt took a tumble and failed to finish the race as Olsson finished overall sixth.
The competition continues today with the parallel giant slalom.
In Val Gardena, the rescheduled women's World Cup downhill and Super G will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday after being canceled in Val d'Isere because of lack of snow.