Two main packs formed, both full of contenders. So early in the race, it was impossible to predict whose strategy was the wisest. The weather was holding up and beside the slick surface was much better than racing in the midday heat as the women were subjected to. The pack hit 15K in 1:06:22, negative splitting the last 5K in 21:58. Looks like the race was beginning early. The faster pace shook the pack up leaving only Adams, Nizhegorodov, Kirdyapkin, Diniz, Yamazaki, and Tallent battling in the lead. The second pack also was shaken up with Horacio Nava and Trond Nymark a few seconds back with a pack of six about 15 seconds behind them.
Luke Adams and Dennis Nizhegorodov sharing the lead
Whose in first this early didn't really matter with many shifts in the lead
Nymark and Nava just off the pack, but in striking range
Yohan Diniz working his way up
The second pack had defending Olympic Champion Shwatzer and Eric Tysse
Adams and Tallent looking to make a move
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