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    • Alex Harvey is King of Mörderbacken

      March 16, 2012

      king-alex.jpgAlex Harvey is the King of Mörderbacken 2012. Photo: NordicFocus

      Canada's Alex Harvey stormed to victory in 3.3 km Prologue and is the King of Mörderbacken 2012. Harvey scored a tight win ahead of Dario Cologna. Eirik Brandsdal is still in the lead of the World Cup Final. Devon Kershaw (CAN) took third place in the Prologue 3,1 seconds behind the winner.

      Harvey took his first ever stage win in front of the eyes of his father Pierre who claimed two wins in Falun - in 1987 and 1988. Harvey started slower and was only fifth at 2.1 km intermediate where local hero Marcus Hellner was the quickest.

      Eirik Brandsdal is leading the overall ranking now 3,4 seconds ahead of Alex Harvey and 4,2 seconds ahead of Len Valjas who should a great performance today and finished 21st.

      With the third place, Devon Kershaw has now 280 points margin to Marcus Hellner and secured therefore his second place in the overall World Cup ranking

      Alex Harvey (CAN) - Winner of the day

      It was a great day today for me. The prologue here is always. I was some seconds behind at the intermediate point. But after Mörderbacken the track goes down and gained some seconds there. Tomorrow's classical competition will be important with many bonus seconds. There are many strong guys out there who can the World Cup Final. My day won in Falun twice but back then it was a different course. But still the atmosphere in Falun in great and it's fun to be competing here. The Canadian team did really great today with Devon in third place in the prologue. Lenny (Valjas) is currently third in the World Cup Final and I am happy for them as well.

      Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) - World Cup Final leader

      It's really great to be in the World Cup Final lead after two stages. I did not expect to win in Stockholm and to be still the "Mini-Tour" leader is great. I am not the best climber so after Mörderbacken I tried relax and conserve some energy for the downhill section.