The New Tour de Ski is competitions that are valued high among Swedish national team skiers. The One million Swedish kronor (US $140,000) first price for the overall win is especially tempting.
Anders Sodergren is ranking the Tour in a class with Worlds and has decided upon his strategy for how to win.
– I want to be among the top in all the long races and just show up without ambitions for the sprint races.
– The Tour is good for the sport and it’s going to be exciting to see how it will be received, says Sodergren
Eight races will take place over ten days and the skier with the best total time is the winner.
The idea is that the Tour will become cross country skiing's Tour de France.
– It’s a little disturbing that it’s affecting the important training and preparations we normally do around Christmas and New Years, says Sodergren.