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    • Haywood RACE Report: Alex Harvey 22nd, Emily Nishikawa 30th at Tour de Ski Stage 5

      January 3, 2019

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      Stage 5 of the Tour de Ski was a skate, pursuit race, with the skiers starting based on their overall Tour time. The men's field was down to 60 skiers and the women's competition had 39 starters.


      The major snowfall from Stage 4 was over, with temperatures just above zero, for ideal racing conditions.

      At the front Johannes Klaebo of Norway had a 15 second lead over Russia's Sergey Ustiugov to start, but the gap was quickly closed. Klaebo spent much of the rest of the race skiing behind the Russian, with occasional stints at the front.

      Alex Harvey started in 14th position 2.27 back. In the first few kilometres Alex formed a chase pack with among others, Dario Cologna of Switzerland and Martin Sundby of Norway, who have figured prominently in previous Tours.

      03.01.2019, Oberstdorf, Germany (GER): Alex Harvey (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, tour de ski, pursuit men, Oberstdorf (GER). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus

      Alex was skiing comfortably with the group for the first 10 or 11k, but started to fade off the back in the final kilometres.


      At the front Klaebo tested Ustiugov a bit over the final kilometre, before sprinting away on the final hill and coasting across the finish.

      Alex, who had been close to the top 10 for most of the race dropped back to 22nd at the line. Lenny Valjas finished 53rd with Bob Thompson 55th.

      The pack that Alex skied with, Sundby etc., ended up with the fastest times of the day, 15 seconds ahead of Ustiugov and 30 ahead of Klaebo.
      FIS points result

      In the women's race Ingvild Oestberg of Norway maintained much of her large advantage over the challengers with a 30 second win. Jessie Diggins of the US, finished in a photo finish for 3rd and had the fastest time of the day.

      Emily Nishikawa was the lone Canadian in the race, moving up one position to finish 30th.

      The penultimate Tour stage is on Saturday, with 10 and 15k mass-start, classic races from Val di Fiemme, Italy.

      Many Canadian skiers will be competing at the US Nationals in Craftsbury this week.
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