Len Valjas and Alex Harvey Win Silver and Bronze at Sixth Stage of Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy

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Chris Dornan

January 5, 2013, Val di Fiemme, Italy – Len Valjas skied to his second podium of the Tour de Ski, finishing second, while Alex Harvey grabbed his first podium of the season in third at the sixth stage – 15 kilometre classic ski race – of the Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Len Valjas Quotes:

“It is unbelievable. I just put my head down in that sprint to the finish and double poled as hard as I could. I thought Alex might have won and we’d go one-two when I crossed the line and looked over. This is just awesome though. To share a podium with a teammate is an unreal feeling. We are all pretty happy here.”

“I stuck to my game plan all day today and ignored the . I was in 20th most of the way. The third lap I slowly started picking up spots. I made a real effort when I was in 10th coming up that final hill. I just stuck to the guys skis in front of me and was able to sling shot down the finish.”

“I knew the finish stretch would be important today so I actually grabbed longer pools than I normally would have.”

“This is all pretty surreal for me. These races are all of my favourite races and they set up pretty well for me. This whole Tour has been amazing. I love the races and traveling on the bus with the guys has been awesome.”

Alex Harvey Quotes:

“I am happy to get on the podium and finish the Tour of with a podium feels great. I just love this course. I was fifth here two years ago, second last year and now third. It is a good feeling knowing the World Championships are here later this year.”

“I was a bit rusty in the first lap, but felt good the last two laps. I was second coming up that last hill and glided down into the stadium for the finish.”

“Every time I put on a race bib now I look to get on the podium. I know I can be there in both classic and skate-skiing so it is just a really good feeling to get my first of the year. This is where I got my first last year as well so I am really happy.”