Canada's Harvey wins mass-pursuit silver at second stage of Tour de Ski

OBERSTDORF, Germany - Canada's Alex Harvey won the silver medal in the men's 15-kilometre mass start pursuit Sunday at the second stop of the seven-race Tour de Ski cross-country series.

Harvey, from St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., finished in a time of 42 minutes 01.8 seconds, just 0.6 seconds behind winner Petter Northug of Norway.

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"The key to the Tour is recovery. I ate really well yesterday and this morning. I woke up really confident and I just really liked the feeling as soon as I put the skis on today," Harvey said. "The wax techs did a great job. The skis were fast and perfect for the conditions."

Starting in 13th position, just over 20 seconds behind first-stage winner Dario Cologna, the 26-year-old worked to close the sizable gap in the first two laps.

"I was pretty tired early so just tried to ski more controlled in the third and fourth lap," Harvey said. "The conditions were icy and even dirty in places so on the last lap I stayed out of trouble, especially up the final hill, to set myself up for good sprint for the finish."

Sweden's Calle Halvarsson finished third, 0.8 seconds behind Northug.

Ivan Babikov, of Canmore, Alta., bolted 27 spots up the standings with a 30th-place finish. Devon Kershaw, of Sudbury, Ont., was 36th and Toronto's Len Valjas was 83rd.

In the women's 10-kilometre pursuit, six-time Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen finished in 29:27.6 to lead a Norwegian sweep of the podium.

Bjoergen finished 56.2 seconds ahead of Heidi Weng and 56.8 ahead of Therese Johaug.

The tour next moves to Val Mustair in Switzerland for races on Tuesday.

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