With a few seconds ahead of the Austrians Mario Seidl (AUT, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) and Franz-Josef Rehrl (AUT) and Jan Schmid (NOR), the German went into the cross-country race and started carefully in the competition, so the quartet was together very soon. At least the Austrians alternated with Eric Frenzel in the lead, while Jan Schmid always skied in fourth place and attacked only in the middle of the last lap in the penultimate climb, but could not open a gap. After the downhill Frenzel attacked and increased his lead in the short last climb and the descent into the stadium so much that he could celebrate on the entire home straight. At the finish, the new world champion fell into the snow overwhelmed of emotions and said shortly afterwards: "If I had been asked this morning if I can become world champion today, I would have said chillingly: 'First wait and relaxe and then we'll see'. I wanted to take positive things, have fun and take it as it comes. It was a terrific day, everything was fine, great ski and a bit of luck." Mario Seidl dropped back during the attacks in the final lap and had to say goodbye to the medals. He finished fourth, just a few seconds ahead of overall World Cup winner Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots), who came up to 20 seconds as best skier out of a chase group after being one minute behind after the jump. A few meters behind him, Akito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) crossed the finish line in sixth. Johannes Rydzek (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) took ninth place ahead of Bernhard Gruber (AUT, Fischer skis, bindings and boots).
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