Photo: Joe Klamar Agence France-Presse
Alex Harvey (left) at an event in Austria, at the beginning of the month of march
Alex Harvey finished in fifth place in the event of the 50 km at the world Cup of cross-country skiing in Oslo, Saturday.
The Quebec resident has completed this distance for the last time in his career with a time of two hours, 23 minutes and 54,4 seconds. He has conceded only 4.6 seconds to the eventual winner, the Russian Alexander Bolshunov, at the end of a sprint helter-skelter.
Bolshunov has been the first to cross the finish line in 2:23:49,8, and he took the lead in the order of three of his countrymen Maxim Vylegzhanin, Andrey Larkov and Ilia Semikov.
“When you’re so close, even if you are happy with the race and effort, it is sure that you hope a podium,” mentioned the founder of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges. I’m still happy with my performance, especially for an event classic. This is the first time since the beginning of the season that I felt at my ease on one of the course’s most demanding circuit. “
The compatriot of Harvey, Jack Carlyle, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has had to settle for 42nd place.
Harvey will complete his european tour making stops at Drammen, Norway, 12 march, and in Falun, Sweden, on 16 and 17 march. He will return then to the fold in anticipation of the Finals of the world Cup cross-country skiing will be held in Quebec city, from 22 to 24 march. Harvey has already announced that he will hang up his skis after the competition.
“Falun, this is the place where I had my first victory in the world Cup, has been recalled by the Quebec, aged 30 years. I think the shape is still good and it should be fair that I keep it up to Quebec. I want to fight again for the top 5 and the podium. “
In addition, the ladies will take part in the race of 30 km on Sunday in Oslo.