Nordic Combined - Moan delights home crowd by winning first World Cup race

Olympic silver medallist Magnus Moan made up over a minute deficit to win the opening Nordic combined World Cup race of the season and the 19th of his career in Lillehammer.

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Nordic Combined - Moan delights home crowd by winning first World Cup race
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Norway's Magnus Moan

The 29-year-old Norwegian, who claimed 7.5km sprint silver as well as 15km individual bronze at Turin 2006, was ranked eighth with a total of 132 after the ski jumping phase on home soil. That meant he was 68seconds shy of teammate Haavard Klemetsen for the start of the cross country phase however he was formidable on his skis to win by exactly a second. Moan clocked a winning time of 24:46.2minutes to edge out the World Cup champion of the past three seasons Jason Lamy-Chappuis, who was third after the ski jumping and had 38 seconds to make up. Austrian Bernhard Gruber completed the top three, also coming from behind after ranking fifth following the ski jumping, a further 2.3 seconds back on Lamy-Chappuis. And cruelly Klemetsen, who recorded a total of 149 during the ski jumping for the lead, had to settle for fourth less than a second behind Gruber.

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