With some of the top nordic combined skiers opting not to travel to Russia it was Hug who was the main benefactor as he kicked off the year with a bang.
Hug was tenth after the ski jump portion of the event but leapt to the top of the leaderboard after finishing the 10km cross country course in 26:26.9 minutes.
This left Hug with a total time of 27:44.9 minutes, good enough to take gold with German Bjoern Kircheisen 5.7 seconds behind in second and Czech Republic's Miroslav Dvorak completing the podium in third.
The victory propels Hug up the World Cup rankings although he is still some way off from troubling the medal contenders despite climbing to 12th on 138 points.
None of the top seven in the World Cup standings were in action in Russia so the rankings remain the same with Eric Frenzel leading the way on 403 points, 62 ahead of Japan's Akito Watabe with Jason Lamy Chappuis third on 312.
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