Source: Langrenn.com — Translated by Torbjorn Karlsen
Norwegian sprint coach Ulf Morten Aune believes that many of the skiers will be skeptical to the first Tour de Ski. Race director in the International Ski Federation (FIS), Jurg Capol, believes however that most of the World Cup skiers will participate.
Tour de Ski, cross country skiing’s answer to Tour de France will be organized for the first time in the 2006/2007 season in Central Europe. It will be eight competitions in ten days. Everyone needs to ski all races to count on the overall resultlist. The dates are not finalized yet, but it’s between December 29th to January 7th, or January 5th to January 14. These are timeframes that the Norwegian sprint coach Ulf Morten Aune (photo) doesn’t think very highly about.
– Sapporo Worlds starts on February 22. The time between the Tour and World regarding recovery and preparations should be enough, says Capol.
Aune has previously been critical to how FIS will shape sprint competitions in order to avoid specializing. Now he is not ruling out the possibility that FIS is creating yet another type of skiers, those who are doing well in the Tour.
FIS’s market research shows that the success of the Tour will be contingent upon having the best skiers participating.
Capol believes that the top skiers will participate and will do his utmost in order make a good event.
— We all know that some people will always find a reason to not participate, but I’m sure that most of the skiers will take part. We need to make sure that we have high quality in lodging and logistics.