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Austria’s Lukas Klapfer held on after a strong showing on the jump to win Sunday’s World Cup men’s nordic combined event in Schonach, Germany, while Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. in ninth.

Klapfer was third after the jump with 126.1 points, and had the 21st fastest cross-country time on the 10 k course to finish in 24:36.2. Japan’s Akito Watabe was second (+1.0), finishing seventh after the jump (124.4 points) and posting the 18th fastest ski time. Jan Schmid of Norway finished third (+2.3), while Austria’s Bernhard Gruber was fourth (+3.4). Joergen Graabak finished with the eighth-fastest ski to round out the top five (+6.7).

The best jump of the day went to Norway’s Haavard Klemetsen, who earned 129.8 points – he almost held on for the win, but ended up seventh overall (+10.6). Alessandro Pittin of Italy had the fastest cross-country time, in 23:18.0, and finished sixth overall (+8.8) after a 36th place jump.

Bryan Fletcher led the Americans after posting the third-fastest ski (23:27.7) and 33rd best jump (108.5), ending up ninth overall (14.5), while Taylor Fletcher was 24th overall (+44.9) and managed the second-fastest ski of the day (23:25.1) after a 49th place jump (100.2).

“The comp today was a hard one,” Bryan Fletcher said in a USSA press release. “The rains yesterday made the conditions today on the cross country course very difficult. It was very soft in places, hard in others and tons of death cookie ice balls on some of the hills made the cross country portion a leg burner. After the jumping I was in a good spot with strong guys around me. I knew that there was potential to move up a lot in the cross country. I felt like I skied a great race, posting the third fastest time and was very happy to add another top ten to my results sheet this season.”

Ben Berend finished his first individual World Cup start in 46th overall (+3:52.2). The 19-year-old was 28th after the jump (110.7) before posting the 44th fastest ski (27:14.4).

“Ben Berend did a great job especially on the hill where we knew he should be competitive,” said U.S. Head Coach Dave Jarrett in a USSA press release. “He is still a junior so his focus is on Almaty (Junior Worlds).  Should be a confidence booster for Ben for the Contnental Cup event in Hoydalsmo (Norway) next weekend.”




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