Alex Harvey of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec won the gold medal in the men’s 15 kilometre freestyle pursuit in cross country skiing at the 2018 World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden on Sunday It was Harvey’s first victory this season and eighth World Cup victory of his career.
Harvey posted a winning time of 34 minutes, 34.3 seconds. Hans Christer Holund of Norway won the silver medal with a time of 34 minutes, 35.3 seconds. Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia won the bronze medal with a time of 34 minutes, 41 seconds. Harvey reached the podium by 10.5 seconds over Giandomenico Salvadori of Italy, who finished in fourth place with a time of 34 minutes and 44.8 seconds.
The men’s 15 kilometre freestyle pursuit in cross country skiing was one of three stages in the 2018 World Cup Finals. Harvey finished in second place overall behind Aleksandr Bolshunov of Russia and ahead of Dario Cologna of Switzerland. Bolshunov won the 15 kilometre mass start competition on Saturday.
This was the third time this season that Harvey finished in the top three in an international cross country skiing race. He won the silver medal in the men’s 15 kilometre mass start competition in Seefeld in Tirol, Austria on January 28 and a bronze medal in the men’s 15 kilometre classical mass start in Val di Fiemme, Italy on January 6. The event in Val di Fiemme was the fifth stage of the historic Tour de Ski, which Harvey finished third.