In cross-country skiing, Watabe and Jens Lurås Oftebro (NOR, Fischer ***) formed the leading duo, with the next athletes 45 seconds behind. It was only in the second half of the race that the pace at the rear was significantly increased and the duo's lead melted more and more. Shortly before the finish, the young Norwegian wasn't able to follow and the pursuers caught up with him. Akito Watabe just saved his victory ahead of the others in a season in which he is lagging behind his former results due to a training change. Jørgen Graabak took second place, third place went to Vinzenz Geiger. Oftebro finished fourth, Eric Frenzel (GER, Fischer ***) was ranked sixth. Martin Fritz (AUT, Fischer ***) could not keep up with the pace at the end and finished seventh ahead of Ilkka Herola, who delighted the Finnish audience with eighth place. Jarl Magnus Riiber finished tenth, half a minute behind the Finn.
=> HS130/10km Lahti (FIN)
* = Fischer skis
** = Fischer skis and bindings
*** = Fischer skis, bindings and boots