Alexey Poltaranen won the mens 5km individual start classic as fatigue took over the men’s race following yesterday’s 36km race over a mountain pass. Petter Northug and Dario Cologna also looked relatively fresh in claiming the remaining podium spots and time bonuses.
- 1 Alexey Poltaranin (KAZ), 12:37.9
- 2 Petter Northug (NOR), 8.0 seconds behind
- 3 Dario Cologna (SUI), 8.2 behind
- 4 Dmitriy Japarov (RUS), 13.7 behind
- 5 Alexander Legkov (RUS), 15.7 behind
Lenny Valjas lead the Canadians in 11th, 25.0 seconds behind, after going through the 1.8km time check in 35th. Devon Kershaw was 20th, 34.4 seconds back. Ivan Babikov was 31st, 44.1 back. Alex Harvey was 42nd, 59.6 seconds behind after looking tired from the start.
Andy Newell lead the American contingent in 44th, less than a second behind Harvey. Noah Hoffman was 60th, 1:15.9 behind the winner. Kris Freeman was 61st, 1:18.0 back.
73 men finished stage 5.