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Bieler wins Nordic combined, takes World Cup lead

1/13/2007

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy -- Christoph Bieler of Austria won a
Nordic combined World Cup event Saturday for his third victory of
the season.

The win moved Bieler into first place in the World Cup
standings. He finished with 241.7 points, 3.5 more than teammate
Felix Gottwald. Jason Lamy Chappuis of France was third with 237.5
points.

Bieler was 25th after the 10-kilometer, mass-start race, behind
leader Hannu Manninen of Finland, but rallied in the jumps, coming
in second to Norway's Espen Rian.

After nine of 19 races, Bieler has 496 points, 41 more than
Manninen, who finished sixth.