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Nove Mesto replaces Oberstdorf in Tour de Ski

Thu, Dec  13, 2007 - By FIS

December 12th, 2007 ? Nove Mesto (CZE) will host, in addition to the first two stages of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear, also the fourth and fifth Stage which were originally planned in Oberstdorf (GER) on 1st-2nd January, 2008. The competition schedule will be modified: the handicap start race, 10 km (women) and 15 km (men) in the free technique will take place on New Year?s Day and the interval start competitions in the classical technique will be held on 2nd of January. The FIS Tour de Ski 2007/08 will consist of eight races in ten days, as planned.

"We are very pleased about the willingness of the Czech Ski Association and the organizing committee of Nove Mesto to step up and host a total of four of the Tour de Ski stages. With Nove Mesto, we have a very experienced and enthusiastic organizer willing to take over the two Tour stages from Oberstdorf. The Tour Stages in Nove Mesto and Prague will be a great opportunity for the Czech Ski Association to prepare and demonstrate its capabilities in view of the World Championships in Liberec next year. Logistically, too, Nove Mesto fits well into the plan," said Jürg Capol, FIS Race Director Cross-Country.

FIS made this adaptation in the FIS Tour de Ski 2007/08 schedule following lengthy discussions with the German Ski Association that did not agree to organize two Stages of the Tour in Oberstdorf as planned.

New Tour de Ski Schedule:

Nove Mesto / Czech Republic
1st Stage, Friday 28.12.07
Discipline: Prologue
Women's distance: 3 km C
Men's distance: 4.5 km C
Start: Individual

2nd Stage, Saturday 29.12.07
Discipline: Pursuit with handicap start
Women's distance: 10 km F
Men's distance: 15 km F
Start: Handicap

Prague / Czech Republic
3rd Stage, Sunday 30.12.07
Discipline: Sprint
Women's distance: 1 km F
Men's distance: 1.2 km F

Nove Mesto / Czech Republic
4th Stage, Tuesday 01.01.08
Discipline: Pursuit with handicap start
Women's distance: 10 km F
Men's distance: 15 km F Start: Handicap

5th Stage, Wednesday 02.01.08
Discipline: Distance
Women's distance: 10 km C
Men's distance: 15 km C
Start: Individual

Asiago / Italy
6th Stage, Friday 04.01.08
Discipline: Sprint
Women's distance: 1.2 km F
Men's distance: 1.2 km F

Val di Fiemme / Italy
7th Stage, Saturday 05.01.08
Discipline: Distance
Women's distance: 10 km C
Men's distance: 20 km C
Start: Mass start

8th Stage, Sunday 06.01.08
Discipline: Pursuit (Final Climb)
Women's Distance: 9 km F
Men's distance: 10 km F
Start: Handicap