Sam Yates of Great Britain conquered the short course of 121 km under wintery conditions. Nairo Quintana of Ecuador was going strong at the 26 km peg but could only finish 13th in the end. Czech Pavel Sivakov tried to keep up with Yates who had taken the lead on 25 km but the Briton took full advantage of the descent paddling as he dove down it to open up a 30 second lead. This was a masterstroke from Yates. When you are on a descent , paddling downhill can add considerable speed provided you can compensate for the energy lost from the effort by slowing down on the flatter plains. In the end, Yates finished a whopping 41 seconds ahead of the Czech, Sam taking command of the overall classification by 45 seconds thanks to time bonuses.