Therese Johaug kept up the pace as usual right after the start and the other athletes like Heidi Weng and the US-Americans tried to follow first. But after four minutes, then gaps in the field increased and Johaug went alone on the way to the next victory. At kilometer four, Jessie Diggins (USA) set the pace in the chase group and tried to pull away, but failed. Johaug and the group split more than 30 seconds on the change of ski after half of the distance and, like Johaug, Heidi Weng and Jessie Diggins also accelarated their pace out of the stadium so they could break away from the rest of the group. Jessica Diggins attacked 1.5 kilometers from the finish and the American was able to escape from Heidi Weng and soonafter secured second place at the finish - 1:08 minutes behind Johaug, who celebrated her 50th World Cup victory and the 100th podium: " I did not know that", wondered Johaug in the winner's interview. "It's great to hear that and to win in the hometown. It was a good day, the skis were perfect and I enjoyed the race without wasting too much energy." Heidi Weng finished third and confirmed her good form of Ruka. Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer **) finished sixth ahead of a strong Teresa Stadlober (AUT, Fischer ***), who was out of action for a long time with a metatarsal injury in the summer. Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer ***) became tenth.
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