(ISN) – OSLO, Nor.—Alex Harvey was on pace to put a fairytale ending to a dream season, but ran out of gas in the final race of the year, finishing 13th in the men’s 50-kilometre cross-country ski marathon.
Feeding off a historic World Championships where the St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que. resident won two medals, Harvey was at the front of the pack for nearly 30 kilometres of the skate-ski race down the Nordic highways at the birthplace of the sport, but could not keep the pace after changing into his second pair of skis, and dropped to 13th spot with a time of 1:55:37.6.
“It was a good, hard race. The conditions were soft, but the pace was still fast the whole way,” said Harvey. “I was feeling really good, but just died a bit on that last half.”
Ivan Babikov, of Canmore, Alta., battled through the warm and soft snow conditions to finish inside the top-30. Babikov, 34, clocked-in at 1:59:44.9 to finish 27th.
Norway’s Sjur Roeth thrilled the thousands of boisterous Nordic faithful that lined the trails for the epic 50-kilometre race by winning in a photo finish. Roethe stopped the clock at 1:54:44.9, edging Switzerland’s Dario Cologna by an inch. Martin Johnsrud Sundby, also of Norway, held on for the bronze in a tight battle to the wire. Sundby posted a time of 1:54:45.4.
Harvey heads home to Canada on Sunday after a stellar post-Olympic season where he reached the podium twice at the World Championships, once on the Tour de Ski and once on the World Cup.
“It was an awesome year for me,” said Harvey. “The goal all year was to win one medal at World Championships. I won two there so I’m really happy with how things went.”
The final race of the season will take place on Sunday in Oslo with the women’s 30-kilometre skate-ski set to take place.