In the cross country race, top favorite Jarl Magnus Riiber started immediately behind the best jumper Franz-Josef Rehrl (AUT) and directly after the start a group of five was together. On the first lap, the Norwegian set the pace, but when he wasn't able to open a gap, the tactics started on the next two laps. The chasing group of seven at the beginning, in which Vinzenz Geiger (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) had to do all the work and from which more and more athletes fell behind, came up to 20 seconds. Then Martin Fritz attacked 1.5 kilometers from the finish and joined the lead group - the German and his compatriot Manuel Faißt (GER) were not able to keep up with the pace. Shortly thereafter, Jarl Magnus Riiber set an attack in the lead group that nobody could really follow. He gained a few meters on Akito Watabe, who also had a gap to the Austrian trio. With these gaps, they also crossed the finish line and Riiber celebrated his fifth win of the season. Martin Fritz won the third place sprint ahead of Mario Seidl (AUT, Fischer skis, bindings and boots), Vinzenz Geiger finished sixth. Seventh place went to Espen Bjørnstad (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots), who could not keep up with the pace of the leading group. Johannes Rydzek still came in tenth place.
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