Haywood RACE Report: Alex Harvey 16th at the Lillehammer World Cup

    December 2, 2018

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    It was a much needed snowy day in Lillehammer as the 3rd race of the "Triple" mini-tour got underway. At +3 degrees C. it made for some interesting waxing conditions and was weather the leaders didn't necessarily appreciate as there was potential for the snow to slow them down a bit, giving an advantage to the chase pack.

    Alex Harvey was starting in 10th place with a 55 second margin to make up on the leaders in the classic, pursuit race.

    At the front were Norway's Sjure Roethe and Didrik Toenseth, separated by 1 second and their teammate Emil Iverson, who had started 11 seconds behind, quickly closed the gap.

    As the skiers passed the 5k mark Iverson had dropped back to a large chase group of 20 or so, with the 2 Norwegians at the front, taking turns at the lead to maintain their advantage of 45 seconds. Alex Harvey was skiing comfortably in the middle of the chase pack, setting himself up for a chance for the podium.

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    In the final kilometre there were several attacks by members of the chase group, and at the front Toenseth pulled away for the win over Roethe.

    In the battle for 3rd, Emil Iversen came through on top. Alex finished 16th but only 5 seconds from a podium position, perhaps still a bit fatigued from his sprinting exertions from Friday. Harvey was a little over a second behind Norway's Johannes Klaebo and Britain's Andrew Musgrave, who finished in a photo finish, for 14th and 15th.

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    In the women's race Norway's Therese Johaug claimed another win, with Ebba Andersson of Sweden picking up her 2nd medal of the weekend 16 seconds back, followed closely by Norway's Ingvild Oestberg.

    The other Canadians racing were Russell Kennedy who finished 59th and Andy Shields in 71st.

    Results: Men  Women

    Today's result drops Alex back to 10th in the overall World Cup standings

    Over at the Ulrichen, Swiss Cup, Cendrine Browne started the season off right, with a 2nd place finish in the 7.5 k skate, behind France's Anouk Faivre-Picon. Emily Nishikawa finished 4th. In the men's 15k Lenny Valjas finished 14th.
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    Results: Women Men

    Next weekend the Canadian race circuit kicks into high gear, as the Haywood NorAm races return to Sovereign Lake B.C. for the season opener. The 3rd stop on the World Cup circuit will again be in Norway, at Beitostolen.

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