After the first of four 2.5-kilometer laps, five athletes caught up with Japanese Yoshito Watabe, but Terence Weber (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots), who finished third after jumping, could not keep up the pace for long. Three kilometers from the finish, only three athletes fought for the podium positions. Jarl Magnus Riiber let the Austrians do the work. But what looked like a Norwegian tactic turned out to be an unexpected weakness: Lukas Greiderer attacked 500 meters from the finish and the Norwegian was not able to follow the others. On the home straight, Bernhard Gruber came out of the slipstream of his compatriot and secured his seventh World Cup victory - the first after three years break: "I had a good starting position for the race, I made a good jump, and I had a good headwind. That was the basis. I feel pretty strong throughout the season, I have energies in my upper arms and power in my thighs, so I was able to make good use of that today. It was a very difficult cross-country race because the track was quite deep and fairly slow. I lost at the WSC against Riiber on the home stretch and I decided that if someday I would come to the finish line with him again, I would not let his escape from me. I did it very well today, I still had enough energies in the end. Incredibly awesome, the day is shining, that's good for me." With this victory, which crowned his more than successful last season phase, he prevented Riibers twelfth victory this season, with which the Norwegian could have made history. Vinzenz Geiger (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) took fourth place from the chasing group in front of Ilkka Herola (FIN, Fischer skis, bindings and boots). Johannes Rydzek (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) came in seventh, Akito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) took ninth place.
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