Haywood RACE Report: Alex Harvey 28th in Lillehammer World Cup

    December 2, 2017

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    The World Cup circuit moved to Lillehammer, Norway this weekend and began with classic, sprint racing. It was a snowy day with temperatures around -5 deg. C, as the skiers set out on the sprint qualifiers.

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    In the women's races Sadie Bjornsen of the U.S. set the standard, .01 seconds ahead of Finland's Krista Parmakoski. It was a strong race for the U.S., with 3 in the top 10. Emily Nishikawa was the top Canadian in 58th, Dahria Beatty was .04 seconds back of her Whitehorse teammate in 59th, Cendrine Browne was 63rd and Katherine Stewart-Jones 65th.

    Women's results

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    01.12.2017, Lillehammer, Norway (NOR): Emily Nishikawa (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, training, Lillehammer (NOR). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

    On the men's side Johannes Klaebo of Norway, continued his exceptional performances with an over 4 second win ahead of Alexander Bolshunov of Russia. Alex Harvey was the sole Canadian to qualify for the heats with a 22nd place result. Jesse Cockney in 57th led the rest of the Canadians, who finished quite close together, Lenny Valjas was 59th, Julien Locke 61st, Russell Kennedy 63rd and Knute Johnsgaard was 67th.

    Men's results

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    02.12.2017, Lillehammer, Norway (NOR): Alex Harvey (CAN) - FIS world cup
    cross-country, individual sprint, Lillehammer (NOR). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.


    The course featured a large climb in the first part of the course, with a fair downhill, another steep up and a downhill and flat stadium finish. There was a great atmosphere, with many spectators along the trail.

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    Alex was drawn in heat 4. His competitors were not the most recognizable sprint names, except for Northug, but it was Evan he was up against.

    There was a false start to begin with and Haavard Taugboel of Norway almost face planted as a result of sticky skis. Once they were underway it was Finland's Ristomatti Hakola that set the early pace along with Taugboel.

    Alex skied mid- pack, moving up just behind the leaders part way through, but couldn't maintain the pace on the final climbs, finishing 6th in the stadium. It was a similar performance to last weekend in Ruka, where he seemed to be missing the extra gear when the race intensity increased. Norway's Paal Aune came through with the heat win.



    Sprint heat progression
     
    On the women's side Maiken Casperson Falla had a significant win, over Finland's Krista Parmakoski and the U.S.'s Sadie Bjornsen claimed her 2nd  medal in 2 weekends with a 3rd.

    Women's results

    Norway's Klaebo made it another win in a World Cup, edging out Russians Sergey Ustiugov and Alexander Bolshunov. Alex finished 28th, not his best performance, but a good warmup for tomorrow's skiathlon.

    Men's results
     
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