In addition to the first two stages of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski, Nove Mesto (CZE) will also host the fourth and fifth stages, which were originally planned for Oberstdorf (GER) on January 1-2, 2008.
The competition schedule will be modified: the freestyle handicap start race, 10 km (women) and 15 km (men) will now take place on New Year’s Day and the classical interval start competitions will be held on 2nd of January. The FIS Tour de Ski will consist of eight races in ten days as planned.
â€œWe 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,â€ said JÃ¼rg Capol, FIS Cross-Country Race Director.
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.
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