It took an unusually long time for Therese Johaug to take the decisive lead on the newly created, very technical tracks with an extended Burgstall climb and a difficult switchback descent. The Norwegian came with a lead of just 14 seconds to ski change and lost three seconds due to problems with the bindings to Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN), who initially did the speed work ahead of her compatriot Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer ***). Now Johaug began to visibly increase her lead on the first lap of skating, but it was not more than 23 seconds in the entire race despite the difficult and about two-minute Burgstall climb. Nevertheless, the Norwegian added another win to her record list, followed by a trio that ultimately fought for the podium. At the time of the ski change, the group consisted of eight athletes, but gradually some athletes had to pay tribute to the difficult track. When the last time it went up the Burgstall, the chasing group was destroyed. Under the leadership of Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, who was already strong on the classic laps and tried to follow Johaug single-handedly, a trio went into the winding descent: Only Ebba Andersson (SWE, Fischer ***) and Teresa Stadlober could still follow the Norwegian, who attacked on the last climb, but couldn't break away. The decision had to be made on the long home stretch, and the Norwegian, as the strongest sprinter, came in second as expected. At the beginning of the finish corridors, Ebba Andersson looked over her shoulder at the Austrian woman skiing behind her, but had nothing to counter the subsequent attack by Teresa Stadlober, who secured third place. For the Saalfelden native, it was the second podium of her career - apart from a second place at Alpe Cermis two years ago. Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS, Fischer ***) finished sixth ahead of Heidi Weng (NOR, Fischer ***). Eighth place went to Kerttu Niskanen, who could not keep up with the pace on the last lap. Katharina Hennig (GER, Fischer ***) had completely dead legs, but still finished tenth.
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