The Tour de Ski continues to evolve heading into the 4th running of the event. Several changes are on tap for next year, including a later start date. The Tour will now start on January 1st. In past years, the first race has been held as early as the 27th of December.
FIS Cross-Country Race Director, Jurg Capol, told Langde.se that the hope is to hold a more significant Opening Ceremony on New Years Eve in Oberhof.
Nove Mesto, Czech Republic has been removed from the schedule and replaced with Toblach, Italy. The 2010 Tour will again begin in Oberhof, Germany before heading to Prague for a city sprint, then to Toblach, and finally concluding in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Toblach is located on the Austrian border, just north of the former Olympic village of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Said Capol in regards to the switch from Nove Mesto to Tobalch, “It makes our logistics easier and avoids the long journey from Nove Mesto to Val di Fiemme.” Most teams took two days to make the trip.
These and other minor changes will become official at the FIS conference at the end of the month.