Like Therese Johaug, Alexander Bolshunov today laid the basis for possibly two victories within 24 hours. Iivo Niskanen secured second place with a first-class freestyle race 24 seconds behind and will be Bolshunov's only competitor for the victory tomorrow in the classic pursuit race. Fourth place went to Andrey Melnichenko (RUS, Fischer ***), who had delivered a remote duel with Bolshunov for the first few kilometers. Perttu Hyvärinen (FIN, Fischer ****), who was on a par with Iivo Niskanen when he was young, celebrated his first top ten result in sixth. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (NOR, Fischer ***) lost a lot of time on the last lap, but was the second best Norwegian in seventh before the two-time winner Simen Hegstad Krüger (NOR). He had been able to save energies a large part of the race behind his team-mate Gjøran Tefre (NOR, Fischer ***). Alexey Chervotkin (RUS, Fischer ***) and Didrik Tønseth (NOR, Fischer ***) completed the top ten.
=> 15km F Nove Mesto (CZE)
* = Fischer skis
** = Fischer skis and bindings
*** = Fischer skis, bindings and boots
**** = Fischer skis, bindings, boots and poles