Gray clouds, rain and a drop in temperature to about zero degrees awaited the cross-country men on the morning before the relay race. A total of 4x10 kilometers had to be completed, three laps for each athlete. The pace was initially not very high for the first skiers, but two kilometers before the first exchange Andrey Larkov suddenly attacked and made sure that a jolt went through the field: Russia, USA and Norway opened a small gap, Sebastian Eisenlauer (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) led the pursuit group, escaped from it and skied single-handedly to the top, while Erik Bjornsen (USA) fell behind. Shortly thereafter, Norway, Russia and Germany came together for the first exchange. However, the seven-headed chase group was only seven seconds back and by slower pace and a speed improvement, six athletes were together shortly afterwards. Sweden, France and Germany fell back after an attack from Finland. Slow starter Florian Notz (GER, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) as the third German skier in his first lap was not able to close the small gap to France, thus France and Finland, where Matti Heikkinen (FIN, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) lost the connection to the top duo, fought for bronze on the last ten kilometers.