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World Cup Stage Race: The FIS Tour de Ski

Thu, Oct  26, 2006 - By FIS

New for the 2007 is the FIS Tour de Ski, a mini-Tour de France-like ski stage race that consists of

  • 8 top international Cross-Country Skiing competitions (the stages) in
  • 3 countries
  • at 5 different venues
  • in 10 days

The five venues include Nove Mesto (CZE), Munich (GER), Oberstdorf (GER), Asiago (ITA) and Val di Fiemme (ITA).

The athletes race a total of more than 60 km (women) and more than 100 km (men) in all types of competitions in both skate and classic techniques. The finish of the Tour de Ski is on top of the Alpe Cermis (1280 m) in Val di Fiemme. Until now, that mountain – representing a total climb of 425 m – has never been raced up, only downwards!

Scoring

Like the Tour de France, the Tour de Ski overall results are based on the overall time score in all eight Tour Stages. Also like the Tour de France: Miss a stage? You're out of the race.

The top 30 in the sprint racers get bonus seconds subtracted from their overall time. There will also be bonus seconds awarded at intermediate points in mass start competitions.

FIS World Cup points will only be awarded after the last Tour Stage according to the final FIS Tour de Ski standings. The factor will be 4, i.e. the Tour winners will receive 400 points (= 4 x 100 points in the regular FIS World Cup Cross-Country races).

There are two rest days during the stage race.

For more information, see the FIS Tour de Ski web site.

Stage

Venue

Race

Start Time

Technique

Start Method

Course

Stage One
Friday
29th Dec, 2006

Nove Mesto
(CZE)
Prologue
Women 3km
Men 4.5km
7:00am EST W
8:00am EST M
Classical Individual 3.1km W
1.2km + 3.1km M

Stage Two 
Saturday
30th Dec, 2006 

Nove Mesto
(CZE)
Pursuit
Women 10km
Men 15km
5:00am EST W
6:00am EST M
Free 'Handicap' 3x3.3km W
5x3.3km M

Stage Three
Sunday
31st Dec, 2006

Munich
(GER)
Sprint
Women 1km
Men 1.2km
3:00am EST Q W+M
4:30am EST F W+M
Free Mass

0.8km W
0.8km+0.4Km M

Stage Four
Tuesday
2nd Jan, 2007

Oberstdorf
(GER)
Pursuit
Women 5+5km
Men 10+10km
6:00am EST W
6:00am EST M
Classical
& Free 
Mass 4x2.5km W
8x2.5km M

Stage Five
Wednesday
3rd Jan, 2007 

Oberstdorf
(GER)
Distance
Women 10km
Men 15km
4:30am EST W
6:00am EST M
Free Individual 2x5km W
3x5km M

Stage Six
Friday
5th Jan, 2007

Asiago
(ITA)
Sprint
Women 1km
Men 1.2km
5:30am EST Q W+M
7:00am EST F W+M
Free Mass 1.2km W+M

Stage Seven
Saturday
6th Jan, 2007

Val di Fiemme
(ITA)
Distance
Women 15km
Men 30km
5:30am EST W
8:30am EST M
Classical Mass 4x3.75km W
8x3.75km M

Stage Eight 
Sunday
7th Jan, 2007 

Val di Fiemme
(ITA)
Final Climb
Women 10km
Men 15km
8:15am EST W
9:15am EST M
Free 'Handicap' 1.9km+4.1km+4km W
3x2.5km+4.1km+4km M