Haywood RACE Report: Alex Harvey sprints to 3rd in Lillehammer World Cup

    November 30, 2018

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    The 2nd weekend of World Cup racing got underway in Lillehammer, Norway today with a skate, sprint event. The race is part of a "mini-tour" with racing continuing on Saturday and Sunday, with an overall winner also declared.

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    Today's races were run in softer conditions, with 4 degree C. temperatures and some rain. In the morning qualifier, Alex Harvey finished 17th, 7.5 seconds behind the top skier, Norway's Johannes Klaebo. Andy Shields the NorAm leader finished 60th, with Russell Kennedy 64th and Julien Locke didn't start. There were no Canadian women participating.
    Qualifying Results

    In the quarter finals and semis, Alex used his common tactic of staying near the back of the pack, and then making a move on the final hill and the sprint through the stadium.

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    In the quarters, Alex cruised to a comfortable lead, once they entered the stadium but in the semis it was a different story as Sindre Skar and Emil Iverson of Norway gapped the rest of the field early on. That left a close fight for the rest of the group, with Alex battling to 4th in his heat, but only .44 from the lead. Fortunately Alex's semi was by far the fastest, as he finished 9 seconds ahead of the winner of the first semi and made it through as the second "lucky loser".

    In the final Alex tried a different strategy, staying in the front group in the first half of the race, skiing close with Emil Iversen, who had set a fast pace in the previous semi. Federico Pellegrino of Italy was also pushing the pace at the front, and when it came to the final hill Alex dropped back slightly to 4th as Skar moved past him on the outside.

    It was in the stadium sprint where Alex once again excelled, and as Pellegrino skied to a comfortable victory, Alex passed Skar to finish 3rd, .7 seconds off the win.



    In the women's final Sweden dominated with 4 finalists. Jonna Sundling of Sweden claimed her first World Cup win, followed by her teammate Stina Nilsson, and Sadie Bjornsen of the U.S.A.

    Results Women Men
    Men's Race Progression

    Today's result moves Alex to 6th on the overall World Cup standings.
    World Cup standings

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    Next up at the Lillehammer "triple" is a 15k, individual skate race on Saturday, and the event concludes with a 15k classic pursuit on Sunday.

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