Pre-competition facts for Tour de Ski prologue in Oberhof
Ladies: 3.0 km, 2 x 1.5 km, intermediate 0.8 km, start interval 30’’
Men: 4,5 km, 3 x 1.5 km, intermediate 0.8 km, start interval 30’’
You can find all the maps and profiles HERE.
Natural snow as a base, artificial snow on top
REMARKS TO COMPETITION AND COMPETITORS
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) has more overall Tour-wins than any other athlete with four. The only two other ladies to win overall is Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) twice, and Charlotte Kalla (SWE) with one win
Kowalczyk has 14 stage wins in the Tour de Ski, most of all athletes (men and ladies
Kowalczyk also has the most stage podiums with 28. Bjørgen is in second with 17 stage
In her last three Tour de Ski-wins Justyna Kowalczyk has won four individual stages
Norwegian athletes (men and ladies) are yet to win Tour de Ski overall since the competition
started in 2006/2007-season
In the last three editions of the TDS, Norway has finished with four athletes in the top 10
overall in the ladies class. All the three years with at least one on the podium
Only eight ladies are now in the exclusive club with athletes who have started in all editions of
the Tour de Ski. Only three ladies are left in the even more exclusive club of those who have finished all 53 stages so far. Justyna Kowalczyk, Riitta-Liisa Roponen and Valentina Shevchenko are the three ladies to finish all seven editions of the Tour de Ski
Therese Johaug (NOR) has recorded the fastest time on the last stage, the Final Climb, in the last three editions of the Tour de Ski. In total Johaug has been the fastest lady on the last stage on four occasions. Kristin Størmer Steira (NOR), Valentina Shevchenko (UKR), And Katerina Neumannova (CZE) are the other three ladies to record the fastest time on the last stage.
Alexander Legkov (RUS) won the Tour de Ski 2012/2013, without winning a single stage. Also Tobias Angerer has won the TDS without winning a stage (first season in 2006/2007)
Norwegian athletes (men and ladies) are yet to win Tour de Ski overall since the competition started in 2006/2007-season
Petter Northug is the only Norwegian man to finish in the top 10 overall in the TDS in the last four editions, since Martin Johnsrud Sundby was 8th in Jan 2009
Northug has finished as the best Norwegian in the TDS in the last five editions, since he was beat by Tord Asle Gjerdalen (4th) and Tor Arne Hetland (5th) in 2008. In the first edition in 2007 Simen Østensen finished 3rd, ahead of Northug who was 4th. Østensen is the only Norwegian in addition to Northug who has finished on the TDS-podium overall
Northug has won the most stages in the TDS with 10. This is twice as many as Lukas Bauer with five wins. Dario Cologna has three overall wins, but only won four stages
Only nine men are now in the exclusive club with athletes who have started in all editions of the Tour de Ski
Only three men are left in the even more exclusive club of those who have finished all 53 stages so far. Petter Northug, Jens Filbrich and Giorgio Di Centa are the only three men to finish all seven editions of the Tour de Ski
Devon Kershaw (CAN)
I think I can speak for the whole Canadian team. I hope we can use the Tour de Ski as launching pad for the season. We feel good energy and we are looking forward to competitions
Maurice Manificat (FRA)
I got a good rest after Davos. I did OK in free technique prologue earlier. I hope I can keep the momentum from Davos. I am looking forward to the prologue.
Denise Herrmann (GER)
I had a great start of the season. Last weekend was just perfect when Katrin and I took the podium in Asiago. I am looking forward to competitions in Oberhof. I do not know if I finish the whole Tour. Olympic Winter Games are the most important this season.
Aino Kaisa Saarinen (FIN)
I am feeling much better than last year. I have much more self confidence. FIS Tour de Ski is the hardest competition on the World Cup but I like to take take the challenge every year.