Alex Harvey finished 14th in a race of Tour de ski

Alex Harvey termine 14e à une épreuve du Tour de ski

Photo: Gian Ehrenzeller, The canadian Press
Quebec’s Alex Harvey has recorded a 14th-place on a 15 km Tour de ski on Sunday.

Quebec’s Alex Harvey has recorded a 14th-place on a 15 km Tour de ski on Sunday.

Harvey remained confident, despite a 50th-place in the sprint pure the day before. He came back with a time of 31 min 27,0 s. Him and the Frenchman Maurice Manificat finished to 52.9 seconds behind the winner, Russian Sergey Ustiugov.

“I think it is a step in the right direction,” said Harvey. The result is good, my body is going well and that is positive for a race distance. I was hoping for a better result, but I am very happy with the last loop. I emptied the reserves and I have gone up about six places. I must have a better place before the last loop to be able to fight for positions in the top 5 or 10. “

Ustiugov won the stage in 30 min 34,1 s. Simen Hegstad, Norway, was completed in 30 min 46,3 s. The Russian Alexander Bolshunov has completed the podium (30 min 56,0 s).

“The course is not difficult or steep, it is rather a gradual increase, but it’s part of my forces, said Harvey. It is necessary to find the right speed and work all throughout the race. There is no time to recover and you lose a lot of time if the legs fail. “

The athlete from Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges is 19th in the general classification after two stages on sept. Last year, Harvey has finished third in the general classification of the prestigious Tour de ski.

“I was hoping to be ranked a little higher at this stage, but I’m going in the right direction, said Harvey. The recovery is the key. I must continue to eat well, change me quickly, receive treatments and massages, do a bit of running in the evening and recover legs. It is just necessary to do all of the little things. “

Len Valjas of Toronto finished 70th and Bob Thompson, Thunder Bay, 83rd.

At the 10 km women, Canada’s Emily Nishikawa finished 35th.

“I might be able to have a better pace, but I am happy of the effort that I have provided, said the young woman from Whitehorse, which takes part in the Tour for the first time. The Tour is really fun. I like the fact of having to quickly concentrate and prepare myself for the next race. I am really looking forward to the next step. “

Dahria Beatty of Whitehorse also, finished 56th.

The Russian Natalia Nepryaeva is evident (23 min 19.9 s), in front of the Norwegian Ingvild Oestberg (23 min 20,2 s), and the Russian Anastasia Sedova (23 min 30,8 s).

The Tour will continue on the 1st of January in Val Müstair in Switzerland, with a sprint skate. The 13th edition of the Tour de ski is made up of seven stages in nine days, in three countries. The event will end in Italy on the 6th of January, with a rise of 425 m at mount Cermis, in Val di Fiemme.

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