- Sep 25, 2009
alex harvey is probably one of the top 5 true all rounders today. really not easy to place his specialty...of the almost 50 international races that he podiumed ( both fis-rated and world cup) his record is about the same...Kokoso said:Is Hervey better in free style or similar as in classic?
what makes it difficult to pick his specialty is that he is also an excellent sprinter in both styles (though i'd dare to place him as a better skating sprinter).
he is so universal that he won several skiathlons (15+15) and podiumed in the 50 k events...
my pick would be that he's a marginally better skater when compared to himself. that said, i would not place his skating in the same very top category as legkov, hellner, northug, roenthe, manificat, cologna and perhaps sundby. but on his day he is more than capable, and he did, to outmatch these guys skating, except perhaps a sustained long uphill (i have several memories)
that all could be of consequence in tomorrow's pursuit as he and cologna are are destined to team up given their close start times.
but it would not matter on alp cermis. i heard an interview with him yesterday where he said - if i did not misheard - he wont climb cermis. even if he did, he would likely not produce a heroic climb like other guys are capable of - bauer (in the past), di centa, legkov, babikov, roethe etc...