Cross-Country Skiing - Harvey triumphs in Falun

Canada's Alex Harvey pipped already crowned 2012 FIS Cross Country World Cup champion Dario Cologna to the line by 0.2 seconds to clinch 3.3km prologue glory in Falun, Sweden.

Cross-Country Skiing - Harvey triumphs in Falun

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Cologna clinched his third crystal globe after title rival Petter Northug announced he could not take part in the World Cup finals due to a stomach infection, but the Norwegian legend still remains third in the season’s overall rankings despite not having competed since February.

The 2009 and 2011 World Cup winner, Cologna, crossed in 8.17.0 but it wasn’t enough after Harvey turned on the burners to storm through in 8.16.8.

Fellow Canadian Devon Kershaw crossed the line in 8.19.9 for third to retain second place overall, while Norwegian’s Niklas Dyrhaug and Anders Gloersen landed fourth and fifth.

Harvey’s first triumph of the season upgraded his overall World Cup ranking to seventh heading into tomorrow’s 15km mass start, the penultimate race of the season.

In the women’s World Cup Finals, Norway’s Marit Bjoergen kept up her remarkable winning streak by recording her fifth straight triumph to extend her lead in the standings.

The two-time previous winner was in imperious form over the 2.5km free prologue, thundering to victory in 6:54.4 minutes, over 5.5 seconds clear of Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla in second.

Bjoergen’s compatriot Marthe Kristoffersen rounded off the podium but Bjoergen has one hand on the crystal globe with closest rival Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk failing to claim a victory in her last five races.

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