Norway completed a one-two-three as Finn Haagen Krogh and Martin Johnsrud Sundby came in second and third, with Northug easing home in 35:48.3 minutes, winning a lot more comfortably than his 0.7 second advantage indicated.
In a titanic sprint for second it was Krogh, who been in third for most of the race, who just edged out Sundby.
There was an even more intense battle for fourth place with Russian Alexander Legkov somehow hanging on to beat last year’s Swiss world champion Dario Cologna, securing second place in the overall World Cup standings as a result.
Going into the day 80 points clear at the top of the overall World Cup standings, Northug looked assured of the title, and he made no mistake to claim his second Crystal Globe after the one he won back in 2010, finishing on 1561.
Legkov finishes second overall 180 points back thanks to his sprint finish, just 17 points clear of Cologna in third.
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