After a short-term change of the route due to stormy gusts of wind in the Storlien area (SWE), the women were finally able to do a 35-kilometer mass start - just three kilometers less than originally planned. At first, everything went as expected: Therese Johaug skied up and away from kilometer three and was 40 seconds ahead after half the distance. Then the tide turned, as did Therese Johaug, who kept turning around as her lead over the well-working trio of chasers with Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Heidi Weng and Ebba Andersson (SWE, Fischer ***) shrank. Soon, however, Østberg went alone in pursuing Johaug and came closer and closer to her. In the end, Johaug could only breathe a sigh of relief and smile on the home straight - she saved only four seconds of her lead to the finish. Johaug is now 2:06 minutes ahead of Østberg in the Ski Tour classification. "It was a very good race. I started quickly, but it was pretty hard, there was a lot of wind. But on the way back it was more pleasant. Six kilometers before the finish I knew the time gap to Ingvild, after that I have heard nothing and I just skied my pace. In the end it was only four seconds, that was really tight finally", said Johaug. Heidi Weng reached the finish line 1:21 minutes behind and lost second place to Østberg, she is now 2:39 minutes behind Johaug. Ebba Andersson was fourth, two minutes behind, and is also fourth with 4:15 minutes behind in the overall standings. Teresa Stadlober (AUT, Fischer ***), who fought for fifth place with Jessie Diggins (USA) up to three kilometers before finish, finally came in ninth.
=> 35km F Mass start Meråker (NOR)
=> Ski Tour after four stages