After four second places at the last World Championships, the Swedes finally wanted to steal the dominant Norwegian women's crown, and their line-up was even more likely to be the favorites. Due to the positions with the strongest skiers of the teams, Frida Karlsson in second position and Therese Johaug as anchor woman, it promised to be a varied race, even though initially a very strong Victoria Carl (GER) with very fast ski mostly dictated the pace. The Swedes had in the classic parts the most problems with the skis in the leading group, but made up for that by their good form. Also Norway's Heidi Weng kept more in the background, so that Yulia Belorukova - but mostly Victoria Carl - were in the lead. Before the first exchange, the three favorite teams were able to escape slightly. Norway and Sweden also kept up the pace with the second athlete and were able to open an eleven second gap on the way to the second exchange thanks to Frida Karlsson and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg. Katharina Hennig (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) tried to keep the gap low, and although she was out of energies at the last long climb, she and Anastasia Sedova weer together at the exchange. By Sandra Ringwald (GER) and Anna Nechaevskaya their teams lost more than a minute, so that they could only fight for bronze. In front, in the penultimate climb Charlotte Kalla made a small preliminary decision when Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen wasn't able to follow her high pace and the distance was 18 seconds in the last exchange.