Tour de Ski will start in 2007. The winner after eight hard competitions in ten days will take home US $125,000 and 400 World Cup points.
The international ski president Gianfranco Kaspar is telling Eurosport that he is 90% sure that the Tour will be approved, even if the final decision won’t happen before November 7.
The first competition will according to the plan be held in Munich, Germany on December 29, 2006, while the overall winner will emerge ten days later, after the skiers have raced in various locations in the Austrian Alps with final stop in Val di Fiemme, Northern Italy. There will be eight different competitions from pure sprint races up to 30-kilometer for the men.
Friday December 29 2006 MÃ¼nchen GER Prolog 3 km C/ Prolog 4 km C
Saturday December 30 2006 Reit im Winkel GER 15 km/ 15 km Freestyle mass-start
Sunday December 31 2006 Oberstdorf GER Pursuit (5+5)/ (10+10)
Monday January 1 2007 AUT/GER Sprint freestyle
Wednesday January 3. 2007 AUT/ITA 10 km/ 15 km Classic
Friday January 5 2007 Asiago ITA Sprint Freestyle
Saturday January 6 2007 Val di Fiemme ITA 15 km/ 30 km Classic mass-start
Sunday January 7 2007 Val di Fiemme ITA 10 km/ 15 km Freestyle uphill
The variety of distances should fit complete skiers like Marit Bjorgen and Axel Teichman well..
– This is exciting for me. It’s a test of what your body can handle. It’s no problem skiing that many competitions in a short time frame, but it can be tough if it’s 5-6 hours travel between the race sites, says Bjorgen