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4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men

Date18 February 2018 — 15:15
LocationAlpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Resort, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong
Participants56 from 14 countries
DetailsCourse Length: 9,687 m
Height Differential: 41 m
Maximum Climb: 35 m
Total Climbing: 378 m

After winning the prestigious relay at the last two Olympics, Sweden tried hard to complete the triple. However, in view of their previous performances in PyeongChang, Norway and the young Olympic Athletes from Russia were considered as favorites ahead of the Swedes. Since the introduction of two different styles in cross-country skiing, the relay consists of two legs in the classical style, and two in the freestyle. After the first 3.3 km lap, Kazakhstan’s best skier Aleksey Poltoranin increased the pace and dominated the field of 14 teams, closely followed by the Russian Andrey Larkov. To the first exchange, the third and fourth teams, Italy and France, came about ten seconds back and favorites Norway with Didrik Tønseth 18 seconds behind. In the third lap, Sweden’s Jens Burman started to lose contact and came to the first exchange 37 seconds behind the leader Poltoranin.

Aleksandr Bolshunov, the second skier for the OAR, quickly pulled away from the chasing group consisting of Italy, France and Norway’s veteran Martin Johnsrud Sundby. Sundby held back letting Maurice Manificat do most of the leader’s work. Due to the lack of co-operation in the chasing group, Bolshunov managed to extend his lead to 40 seconds at one stage before ending the second exchange nearly 25 seconds ahead of Italy’s Francesco De Fabiani, 28 seconds ahead of France, with Norway a further four seconds adrift, handing over to the third skier, the first freestyle skater. With almost two minutes behind at the half-way mark, Sweden had virtually given up on the battle for a medal.

On the third leg, skiathlon gold medalist Simen Hegstad Krüger took control and clocked the fastest time of the leg, almost 50 seconds faster than Aleksey Chervotkin for the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Led by Krüger, the chasing group closed in on Chervotkin on the second round of the leg, outrunning him on the climb from the stadium. The top three teams at the third exchange were Norway and France within one second of each other, and the OAR 16 seconds behind. While Frenchman Clément Parisse lost less than 5 seconds to the Norwegian front-runner, Italy’s Giandomenico Salvadori could not hold on to the top group and lost 1:20 min, slipping from second to fifth.

The fourth and final leg was determined by the tactics of Norway’s final skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo. Already having won one gold in PyeongChang in the individual sprint, he started with a leisurely pace so that Adrien Backscheider from France had to take the lead allowing Denis Spitsov to close the gap again for the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Spitsov even took the lead, when the runners passed the stadium for the last time. With the now faster pace, Backscheider lost contact but eventually secured the bronze medal for France. On a small downhill stretch, Klæbo made one of his famous kick-starts and stormed to Norway’s first men’s relay gold since 2002 carrying the Norwegian flag over the finish line. Short distance specialist and double medalist in PyeongChang, Denis Spitsov, had to settle for silver, approximately 10 seconds behind, in what was a great success for the team of youngsters. The bronze medal for France was certainly based on their strength as a team. Finland came from behind and finished fourth, ahead of the disappointed Swedish team, and Germany. The Finns had to replace Ristomatti Hakola, sixth in the sprint, by Perttu Hyvarinen, who lost almost a minute on the first leg. Their last runner, Lari Lehtonen could not do anything more than keep Sweden and Germany at bay.

Like Sweden four years earlier in Sochi, Norway won both the women’s and men’s relays in PyeongChang. Klæbo would later also win gold in the team sprint, finishing with three gold medals in PyeongChang.

11NorwayNOR1-33:04.9– (–)Gold
1-1Didrik Tønseth 24:59.124:59.1 (5)
1-2Martin Johnsrud Sundby 24:51.849:50.9 (4)
1-3Simen Hegstad Krüger 21:19.71-11:10.6 (1)
1-4Johannes Høsflot Klæbo 21:54.31-33:04.9 (1)
22Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC1-33:14.3– (–)Silver
2-1Andrey Larkov 24:42.124:42.1 (2)
2-2Aleksandr Bolshunov 24:36.749:18.8 (1)
2-3Aleksey Chervotkin 22:08.01-11:26.8 (3)
2-4Denis Spitsov 21:47.51-33:14.3 (2)
37FranceFRA1-33:41.8– (–)Bronze
7-1Jean-Marc Gaillard 24:51.724:51.7 (4)
7-2Maurice Manificat 24:55.149:46.8 (3)
7-3Clément Parisse 21:24.21-11:11.0 (2)
7-4Adrien Backscheider 22:30.81-33:41.8 (3)
45FinlandFIN1-34:45.4– (–)
5-1Perttu Hyvärinen 25:42.925:42.9 (7)
5-2Iivo Niskanen 24:29.850:12.7 (6)
5-3Matti Heikkinen 21:56.51-12:09.2 (4)
5-4Lari Lehtonen 22:36.21-34:45.4 (4)
53SwedenSWE1-35:10.5– (–)
3-1Jens Burman 25:17.825:17.8 (6)
3-2Daniel Rickardsson 25:57.051:14.8 (9)
3-3Marcus Hellner 21:53.31-13:08.1 (6)
3-4Calle Halfvarsson 22:02.41-35:10.5 (5)
66GermanyGER1-35:13.1– (–)
6-1Andreas Katz 25:55.525:55.5 (8)
6-2Thomas Bing 25:17.251:12.7 (8)
6-3Lucas Bögl 21:56.61-13:09.3 (7)
6-4Jonas Dobler 22:03.81-35:13.1 (6)
78ItalyITA1-35:40.1– (–)
8-1Maicol Rastelli 24:50.924:50.9 (3)
8-2Francesco De Fabiani 24:52.449:43.3 (2)
8-3Giandomenico Salvadori 22:39.11-12:22.4 (5)
8-4Federico Pellegrino 23:17.71-35:40.1 (7)
812CanadaCAN1-36:45.9– (–)
12-1Len Väljas 25:56.325:56.3 (10)
12-2Graeme Killick 25:15.951:12.2 (7)
12-3Russell Kennedy 22:06.71-13:18.9 (8)
12-4Knute Johnsgaard 23:27.01-36:45.9 (9)
911Czech RepublicCZE1-37:23.0– (–)
11-1Aleš Razým 25:55.925:55.9 (9)
11-2Martin Jakš 25:22.051:17.9 (10)
11-3Petr Knop 22:33.51-13:51.4 (10)
11-4Michal Novák 23:31.61-37:23.0 (10)
104SwitzerlandSUI1-38:01.4– (–)
4-1Jonas Baumann 26:43.726:43.7 (14)
4-2Dario Cologna 24:55.651:39.3 (11)
4-3Toni Livers 23:08.91-14:48.2 (11)
4-4Roman Furger 23:13.21-38:01.4 (11)
1110United StatesUSA1-42:29.1– (–)
10-1Andy Newell 26:09.726:09.7 (12)
10-2Reese Hanneman 28:17.754:27.4 (14)
10-3Scott Patterson 22:58.81-17:26.2 (14)
10-4Noah Hoffman 25:02.91-42:29.1 (14)
DQ9KazakhstanKAZ[1-36:36.3]– (–)1
9-1Aleksey Poltoranin [24:40.9][24:40.9] ([1])2
9-2Yevgeny Velichko 25:29.150:10.0 (5)
9-3Vitaly Pukhkalo 23:10.31-13:20.3 (9)
9-4Denis Volotka 23:16.01-36:36.3 (8)
DQ13EstoniaEST[1-38:21.7]– (–)3
13-1Andreas Veerpalu [26:17.7][26:17.7] ([13])4
13-2Algo Kärp [26:28.8][52:46.5] ([13])5
13-3Karel Tammjärv [22:06.5][1-14:53.0] ([12])6
13-4Raido Ränkel 23:28.71-38:21.7 (12)
DQ14AustriaAUT[1-39:12.9]– (–)7
14-1Dominik Baldauf [26:09.4][26:09.4] ([11])8
14-2Max Hauke [26:22.2][52:31.6] ([12])9
14-3Bernhard Tritscher 22:40.81-15:12.4 (13)
14-4Luis Stadlober 24:00.51-39:12.9 (13)