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    • Mixed emotions for Harvey on final day of Ski Tour Canada cross-country races

      March 13, 2016

      The Ski Tour Canada’s finale was bittersweet for Alex Harvey. Canada’s cross-country ski star was disappointed in Saturday’s race and looked for solace in finishing among the tour’s overall leaders.

      The first cross-country stage races ever held in Canada concluded with the men’s and women’s pursuit in Canmore. The eight-race series over a dozen days opened with four in Quebec and concluded with four at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

      Harvey placed fifth overall in the tour, which started with 86 men and had lost 35 to attrition by Saturday.

      The 27-year-old from St-Ferreol-les-Neiges was fourth heading into the 15-kilometre pursuit. Harvey was overtaken by Frenchman Maurice Manificat in the race and slipped to fifth.

      “I thought I had a good shot at staying fourth just because I had such a big gap on fifth,” Harvey said. ‘I thought there was no way I could get caught. That is what is disappointing.

      “Top five in a long stage tour is my best result by far. My best before was 10th. It was a great tour for me.”

      Saturday’s races not only marked the end of the tour, but also the 2015-16 World Cup season. The crystal globe trophies that go to the overall World Cup champions were hoisted outside of Europe for the first time in history...