With the exception of the intermediate sprint for the points ranking after 2.3 kilometers, in which Gleb Retivykh (RUS, Fischer ***) and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo slightly escaped for a few hundred meters, the pace was rather slow on the first two laps. In the middle of the race, Hans Christer Holund (NOR, Fischer ***) and Andrey Melnichenko (RUS, Fischer ***) were responsible for an increased pace, later the Russians took over the first positions, together with Iivo Niskanen (FIN, Fischer ***) and Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer ***). In the first climb of the last lap, Sergey Ustiugov attacked, causing trouble for the Finn and reducing the group to twelve athletes. Three Russians and Klæbo opened a slight gap before the hairpin and the last climb, the Norwegian overtook at the Zorzi climb, but was counterattacked by Ustiugov. The Russian went first into the last small descent to the stadium, followed by Klæbo and Bolshunov. The Norwegian used the slipstream and his first-class ski to glide past effortlessly so that he could not be overtaken on the home straight. At the finish line he had every reason to be happy again, after he had been unresponsive to journalists for days after the disappointments of the last races. In the Tour classification he is now only 18 seconds behind Bolshunov, which he can change tomorrow in the classic sprint. Ustiugov is third in the Tour de Ski, 21 seconds behind Bolshunov. Andrey Larkov crossed the finish line in fourth. Dario Cologna was sixth ahead of Denis Spitsov (RUS, Fischer ***) and Hans Christer Holund. Iivo Niskanen was tenth and Artem Maltsev (RUS, Fischer ***) twelfth.
=> 15km C Mass start Val di Fiemme (ITA)
=> Tour de Ski after five stages
* = Fischer skis
** = Fischer skis and bindings
*** = Fischer skis, bindings and boots