Alexander Bolshunov's (RUS) fears should come true: 15 minutes before the start it started to snow and in the drift of snow his 34-second lead visibly melted and Pål Golberg (NOR) caught up with the Russian after only ten minutes and 3.5 kilometers. Some athletes took wax ski, some went with no wax, which was definitely the better option - Bolshunov and his team chose the waxed option, unlike the Norwegians. In the group that Bolshunov caught up halfway through the race, Emil Iversen (NOR, Fischer ***) turned out to be the strongest, starting in tenth and thus had to regain up to 1:15 minutes ahead of Nyenget, the third-placed the final stage. He kept trying to break away from the group, but was unable to do so. When the pace in the group slowed down again during the penultimate lap, Hans Christer Holund and Simen Hegstad Krüger (NOR) were able to escape from the group after increasing the pace. In the finish sprint, Holund later lost to Krüger, 30 seconds behind Golberg, who celebrated his greatest success to date. In the duel between the sprinters immediately behind the duo, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (NOR, Fischer ***) was the loser: he tried to change the corridor out of the slipstream but ended up in a too slow lane and finished sixth behind Emil Iversen and Martin Løwstrøm Nyenget (NOR, Fischer ***). Like his teammate Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN), Iivo Niskanen (FIN, Fischer ***) raced an outstanding race and made up position after position. He started 16th, four minutes behind and crossed the finish line just 1:48 minutes behind Golberg in eighth place: It wasn't nearly enough for the fastest net time and thus 50 World Cup points - Iversen was still eleven seconds faster. Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer) finished tenth.
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* = Fischer skis
** = Fischer skis and bindings
*** = Fischer skis, bindings and boots