January 31, 2015

LA PLAGNE, France (AP) World champion Francesco Friedrich won a two-man bobsled World Cup race on Saturday with fellow German Martin Grothkopp for his second win this season.

With the event also counting as the European championship, the German duo won the continental title ahead of Latvian pair Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens, who lagged 0.04 second behind after the two runs.

Rico Peter from Switzerland took bronze with Janne Bror van der Zijde, 0.21 second back.

Melbardis extended his World Cup lead over Beat Hefti of Switzerland to 28 points, with the two men locked in a tight battle after six of eight events. Hefti, the 2014 European Champion, finished fifth in the French Alps.

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