At the top of the field, Simen Hegstad Krüger (NOR) and Sjur Røthe (NOR) raced the first few kilometers together, but were well aware that their chasers were getting closer and closer, who started 17 to 34 seconds later. After four kilometers, the group led by Alexander Bolshunov (RUS) reached the leading duo and the Russian initially rested a bit until he took the lead again at the end of the second lap. Over the next few kilometers, Pål Golberg (NOR) tried several times to break away from the group, which was always thwarted. His last attack shortly before the finish was his most successful: Bolshunov tried again to close the gap and came very close on the home stretch - but the Norwegian was able to gain the victory just before the Russian and thus the lead in the Ski Tour ranking. Third place went to Martin Løwstrøm Nyenget, who started 11th with 34 seconds back. With the fastest net time, he achieved his first podium outside of a handicap race. Hans Christer Holund (NOR, Fischer ***) finished fifth. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer ***) lost the connection one lap before the end and finished seventh. After a kinky first race, Iivo Niskanen (FIN, Fischer ***) started a great catch-up from 27th place and did a lot of leadership in the chasing group, which included Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer ***) and Erik Valnes (NOR, Fischer ***), who also always stayed in the front positions. In the final sprint, the Norwegian showed his sprint qualities and secured eighth place ahead of Niskanen and Cologna.
=> 15km C Pursuit Östersund (SWE)