Gruber leads in Sochi after cross-country win

Austria’s Bernhard Gruber took the lead of the Nordic Combined event in Sochi after winning the cross-country leg.

Nordic Combined - Gruber and Stecher hand Austria team victory

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NORDIC COMBINED Bernhard Gruber at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Liberec

Wearing the number one on his bib, Gruber crossed the line in 19 minutes and 47.5 seconds, comfortably ahead of nearest rival Todd Lodwick.

The American finished 4.3 seconds adrift of Olympic bronze medallist Gruber to take second place, while Japan’s Aikito Watabe was a whopping 34.4 seconds off the pace in third.

Gruber’s compatriot Christoph Bieler finished fourth another two seconds back, with Japan’s Yusuke Minato rounding out the top five.

The ski-jumping portion of the event takes place on Sunday.

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