The Olympic gold medallist and current world champion came into the second heat just behind teammate Nico Walther, but a race-fastest run catapulted Friedrich and his crew of Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis 0.20 seconds ahead to take the top spot.

Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis finished in third – his second World Cup four-man medal of the campaign – jumping up from fourth to leapfrog Johannes Lochner of Germany by 0.01s.

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Canada's Justin Kripps, winner the season's first two races, finished fifth to maintain his lead in the overall four-man World Cup standings, 17 points ahead of Friedrich.

Winterberg is scheduled to host a second four-man bobsleigh race tomorrow, which will be the fourth World Cup event of the season and double as the European Championships.

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