Norway's Moan wins Nordic Combined WCup event


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) -- Magnus Moan of Norway won the season-opening Nordic Combined World Cup event on Saturday, securing his 19th individual victory and the first in almost two years.

The 29-year old Norwegian was eighth after the ski jumping portion of the competition in which countryman Haavard Klemetsen took a convincing lead. But Moan showed good form in the 10-kilometer cross-country race on the Sjusjoeen track, holding off defending overall champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France by one second in the final sprint. Moan finished in 24 minutes, 46.2 seconds for his first victory since January, 2011.

Austria's Bernhard Gruber came third, in 24 minutes and 49.5 seconds, while Klemetsen, who jumped 102 meters on the Lysgaardsbakken slope, settled for fourth place.

This was the first time Lillehammer hosted the season-opening event of the Nordic Combined World Cup.