Quick guide to FIS Tour de Ski Competition formats

26 December 2013 22:03
Mass Start Classic Val di Fiemme 2013
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If you are not familiar with the various competition formats that will be used during the eighth edition of the FIS Tour de Ski, here is a quick overview with explanations.

Oberhof: Stage 1: 3 km Ladies/4,5 km Men Free Prologue

Traditional individual start competition; the 30 best athletes according to the current overall World Cup rankings registered to compete will start in reverse order as the last group. The overall World Cup leader will start last. Registered athletes with the highest distance FIS points will start between all the seeded athletes. The athlete with the highest distance FIS points will be set as first of those athletes.

Remarks: Bonus seconds for top 3 – winner 15’’, 2nd place 10’’, 3rd place 5’’

Oberhof (GER): Stage 2: ladies/men sprint free

For the individual sprint qualification round the top 30 after 1st stage start first and the starting order within this group will be decided by a draw. Start positions for all other competitors will be assigned according to the FIS Tour de Ski ranking after the 1st stages(the last athlete of the current FIS Tour de Ski standing will start as last).

Remarks: Bonus seconds for top 30 athletes. Winner gets 30 sec, 2nd place 27 sec, 3rd place 24 sec. 

Lenzerheide (SUI): Stage 3 – ladies/men sprint free

For the individual sprint qualification round the top 30 after two stages start first and the starting order within this group will be decided by a draw. Start positions for all other competitors will be assigned according to the FIS Tour de Ski ranking after two stages (the last athlete of the current FIS Tour de Ski standing will start as last).

Remarks: Bonus seconds for top 30 athletes. Winner gets 30 sec, 2nd place 27 sec, 3rd place 24 sec.

Lenzerheide (SUI): Stage 4 – Ladies 10 km Mass Start Classic/Men 15 km Mass Start Classic

The overall FIS Tour de Ski leader after three stages will get the first start position on the grid and bib number 1. Other competitors are assigned next start positions and bib numbers in order of their current FIS Tour de Ski standing after three stages.

Remarks: Bonus seconds sprints - 1 for ladies and 2 for men on the course + 1 in the finish. Bonus seconds for top 3 – winner 15’’, 2nd place 10’’, 3rd place 5’’

Cortina-Toblach (ITA): Stage 5 – 15 km Ladies/35 km Men Free Pursuit

The starting order will be decided according to the current FIS Tour de Ski standings after four stages using the time differences between respective athletes as the start interval. If there are too big time differences in the back of the start field, the Jury can decide upon the use of the "wave start".

Remarks: Bonus seconds for top 3 in the finish – winner 15’’, 2nd place 10’’, 3rd place 5’’

Val di Fiemme (ITA): Stage 6 – 5 km Ladies/10 km Men Classic Interval Start

The 30 best athletes according to the current overall FIS Tour de Ski standing after five stages will start in reverse order as the last group. Last 30 athletes according to the current TDS overall standing will start between all the seeded athletes. The athlete ranked last in the current overall TDS standing will be set as first of those athletes.

Remarks: Bonus seconds for top 3 – winner 15’’, 2nd place 10’’, 3rd place 5’’

Val di Fiemme (ITA): Stage 7 – 9km Ladies/9 km Men Pursuit Final Climb Alpe Cermis

The starting bibs will be assigned according to the current FIS Tour de Ski standings after 6 stages using the time differences between respective athletes as the start interval. To prevent too big start time differences, the Jury can decide upon the use of the "wave start".

Remarks: No bonus seconds on the final stage of the FIS Tour de Ski