The men's cross-country skiing relay race ended with the victory of the Swedish team. The Russian team won silver and the French team won bronze.
The Swedish relay team, Lars Nelson, Daniel Richardson, Johan Olsson and Marcus Hellner maintained a lead throughout the entire race and only shared their advantage with the Fins in the second 10km leg of the race. Starting from the third leg, the Finnish athletes began to lose their positions, and the Swedes, speeding ahead, didn't allow their opponents to go for gold. Marcus Hellner, silver medalist at the Olympic Games in Sochi in skiathlon, finished with the flag with a result of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 42 seconds.
There was fierce competition for the silver medal. At the first two legs, the Finnish and French teams were behind Sweden using the classic technique, but the Russian skiers, gradually gaining ground, came nearer to the Olympic podium. Dmitriy Yaparov finished eighth, while Alexandr Bessmertnykh rushed ahead towards the group of leaders and passed the baton in fifth place. Alexander Legkov demonstrated immense speed and gained 27 seconds in the second half of his leg, before the start of Maxim Vylegzhanin, the Russian team were just 14.3 seconds behind. At the final leg of the race, the Russian skier, battling it out with Frenchman, Ivan Perrillat Boiteux, finished second with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 09.3 seconds. The silver for the skiers was the 16th medal won by Russian athletes in Sochi.
The French team including Jean-Marc Gaillard, Maurice Manificat, Robin Duvillard and Ivan Perrillat Boiteux won bronze.