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    • Haywood RACE Report: Alex Harvey 13th, Devon Kershaw 26th in World Cup 15k

      November 25, 2017

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      Day 2 of the Ruka triple saw continued moderate temperatures, a few degrees below zero. The tracks looked to be glazing a bit, making waxing a small challenge, especially for the steep and long climbs the course is noted for.

      First up in the morning was the women's 10k classic interval start, a chance to see if the Norwegian challenges in the sprint would continue today.

      The women's race was a battle between Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Sweden's Charlotte Kalla. Kalla took the lead in the first half of the race by 5 or 6 seconds, but Bjoergen showed that yesterday's performance was just an anomaly, crushing the field with a 17 second margin at the finish. With 4 Norwegians in the top 10, it is safe to say that Norway is ready to continue their top level results this season.

      Emily Nishikawa was the top Canadian in 56th, followed by Cendrine Browne in 76th and Dahria Beatty in 84th.
      Women's results

      Emily Nishikawa (Nordic Focus photo)

      As Cendrine Browne said after the race: La patience est de mise en d├ębut de saison! Patience is required at the beginning of the season, there is still a long time to go, before the Olympics.

      Alex Harvey was going into Race Day 2 at Ruka feeling confident after yesterday's race results and also looking to the future. “Everything early in the season builds towards the Tour de Ski. These first set of races are a bit like training races for us. It is all about testing how you are feeling, how you are able to ski and the shape. The body is feeling good and strong so today was good confirmation of my summer training.”

      Devon Kershaw led off for Canada in the 13th start position, with the 15k classic race one of his favourites on the program.


      In the early stages Devon was a bit off the top pace, 55th at 5k, until he and Alex met up and started to ski together.

      Alex had a consistent race just on the edge of the top 10 throughout and finished 13th overall. Skiing with Alex moved Devon up the standings, passing 10k in 30th and coming through the finish tied for 26th, with U.S. skier Erik Bjornsen.


      Lenny Valjas came through the finish in 48th, Graeme Killick 58th, Knute Johnsgaard 87th, and the more sprint oriented athletes, Julien Locke 100th and Jesse Cockney 109th.

      Johannes Klaebo of Norway, showed that he is more than a sprint star, following up yesterday's sprint win, by capturing today's 15k by 15 seconds over teammate Didrik Toenseth. Iivo Niskanen of Finland was another 2 seconds back in 3rd place.

      Men's results

      Today's race moves Alex to 12th in the mini-tour rankings with about 38 seconds to make up tomorrow to be in the hunt for an overall medal.

      Coming up on Sunday are the 10 and 15k skate, pursuit races, which will finish off the min-tour.

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      24.11.2017, Ruka, Finland (FIN): Lauri Vuorinen (FIN), Alex Harvey (CAN), Hiroyuki Miyazawa (JPN), Marko Kilp (EST), (l-r) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Ruka (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

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