Yohann Diniz took the early lead, challenged by Nathan Deakes until Diniz was disqualified. Deakes continued to lead by as much as 30 seconds over Sergey Bakulin but began to falter with hamstring problems. First he was passed by Bakulin before dropping out. Bakulin stretched out to almost a 2 minute lead, between 40 and 45 km, only Jared Tallent looked like he had a chance, gaining several seconds per kilometer but not really enough to make a dent in the huge lead. Tallent paid for the extra effort trying to chase the leader, slowing considerably on the final 2 km lap, being passed by world record holder Denis Nizhegorodov.