Alex Harvey Steady in 17th at World Cup in Norway

    December 1, 2018

    LILLEHAMMER, Nor.—Alex Harvey slogged out a 17th place finish in a challenging 15-kilometre cross-country ski skate World Cup race on Saturday in Lillehammer, Norway.
     
    After opening the three-day mini-tour in Norway with a bronze medal in Friday’s sprint, the 30-year-old Harvey dug deep from the outset to hold pace with the frontrunners for each of the two laps in the tricky individual start competition in warm conditions.
     
    The three-time Olympian clocked-in at 37:54.5 on a course that features long uphills, and lots of climbs with little flats to be seen.
     
    “It was a tough day. Getting to a sprint final always takes a lot out of you and there were lots of emotions yesterday too, so the legs weren’t quite there for a challenging course,” said Harvey.
     
    “I didn’t feel good right from the start. The conditions were a bit slower for everyone. The snow had a bit more resistance in some of the climbs so that made it harder on the legs. Tired legs and the conditions were a bit of a double whammy. I knew where my zone was. I was just steady in 17 to 19th place and had to fight to stay there.”
     
    Norway’s Sjur Roethe was the fastest man on the trails Saturday, posting a time of 36:34.0. His Norwegian teammate, Didrik Toenseth, finished six seconds back at 36:40. Russia’s Denis Spitsov skied to the bronze medal position at 37:02.6.
     
    Harvey will begin Sunday’s 15-kilometre classic-ski pursuit race in 10th spot. The St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que. will dart out of the gate 55 seconds behind the frontrunner based on results from the opening two days of competition.
     
    “I will have Dario (Cologna) and (Martin) Sundby just ahead of me so I will try to latch onto those guys,” added Harvey. I have a good group around me who are all strong classic skiers so hopefully I’ll be able to ski to a better result.”
     
    Andy Shields, of Thunder Bay, Ont., finished 61st (39:42.4), while Russell Kennedy, of Canmore, Alta., was 64th (39:51.0).
     
     
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