Defending champ, Martin Johnsrud Sundby (Norway), finished second while Switzerland’s Dario Cologna held all all challengers to land third on the final podium at 45 seconds behind the winner. Ustiugov impressively won 5 of 7 stages – a record for the Tour celebrating its 11th edition this year.
“It was quite good today. That was the best position ever for me up the climb, and I had the 14th best time on the day,” said Harvey, who also skied faster than the overall leader Sergey Ustiugov on the day. “I was skiing with Manificat and Heikkinen who had the top-two times on the day. I was with them for a bit, but it was just a bit to fast for me. They crushed everyone on the hill.”
“This gives me a lot of confidence for next year to know that if I’m in the top-three I am fast enough to keep it together on the last day and get on the overall podium,” said Harvey, 28.
“The first part is not so bad, but when you hit that first pitch your legs feel like concrete and then you have to tough it out for the last 15 minutes. Normally you have a downhill, and flats, to recover, but here you don’t flush any lactate. You just keep going and it is a battle against yourself. With six races before this one, it’s an absolute relief when you get to the top,” he added.
Harvey also finished 3rd behind Ustiugov and Sundby in the Tour’s Sprint Standings which are based on the first sprint race and bonus seconds accumulated during the seven stages.
“Toblach was the stage I was fearing the most. It is a bit of a dark hole for me, but I had my best result (11th) ever there. Yesterday was just a bit of a mix of fatigue and we overdid it a bit with grip on the skis. I felt quite good today and I think this was a step in the right direction towards World Championships,” Harvey concluded.