Under light snowfall at five degrees below zero, the women's 15 kilometers took place as the first World Cup race of the season on a natural snow surface. Therese Johaug had decided on starting number 31, the first bib number in the red group of the World Cup best, to set a sign and to present a time at which the other athletes should bite their teeth. Although the course is not as difficult as in recent weeks in Ruka and Lillehammer, the lap was slightly shorter than the official five kilometers in length and Johaug had more traffic on the track than the late-start Kalla and Pärmäkoski, she began at the end of the first lap to extend her lead against her competitors and raced to the next victory. Nobody could be fit to hold a candle to her by far. "I was very tired after Lillehammer, and then I rested and I think the shape was good today. I took a lot of good energy into the race, I concentrated on the technique and I am glad that here in Beitostølen, where I like the tracks very well, I raced so well", said the dominator of the distance races. At the finish, she was unbelievable 65 seconds ahead of Charlotte Kalla, who kept up best with Johaug at the end of the race and was rewarded with second place just ahead of Ingvild Flugstad Østberg. Ebba Andersson (SWE, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) lost ten seconds to her rivals in the last three kilometers, so she missed the podium this time. Fifth went to Anastasia Sedova (RUS, Fischer skis and bindings), who started later into the season due to heart problems. Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) finished seventh. Ragnhild Haga (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) was ninth, almost two minutes behind, followed by the now 40 years old Riitta-Liisa Roponen (FIN, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) and Teresa Stadlober (AUT, Fischer Ski , Bindings and boots).
=> 15km F Women Beitostølen (NOR)