Quick guide to FIS Tour de Ski competition formats

01 January 2015 15:06
Oberstdorf Tour de Ski
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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.

OBERSTDORF (GER)

Stage 1- 3km Ladies/4km Men F Prologue (Jan. 3rd 10:45 Ladie s& 12:45 Men CET)

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. 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’’

Stage 2 - 10/15km C Pursuit (Jan. 4th 11:00 Ladies & 12:15 Men CET)

The starting bibs will be assigned according to the current FIS Tour de Ski standings after 1st stage using the time differences between respective athletes as the start interval.
Remarks: Bonus seconds for top 3 athletes. Winner gets 15 sec, 2nd place 10 sec, 3rd place 5 sec.

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VAL MUSTAIR (SUI)

Stage 3 – Ladies/Men Sprint F (Jan. 6th Finals begin a 13:15 CET)

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 60 sec, 2nd place 56 sec, etc.

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TOBLACH (ITA)

Stage 4 – 5/10 km C - Interval start (Jan. 7th 13:00 Men & 15:30 Ladies CET)
The 30 best athletes according to the current overall FIS Tour de Ski standing after three 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’’

Stage 5 - 15/25 km F Pursuit (Jan. 8th 12:15 Men & 15:30 Ladies CET)
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’’

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VAL DI FIEMME (ITA)

Stage 6 – 10/15 km C Mass start (Jan. 10th 13:00 Men & 15:45 Ladies CET)

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: 1 intermediate bonus point for ladies, 2 for the men. Bonus seconds for top 3 – winner 15’’, 2nd place 10’’, 3rd place 5’’

Stage 7 – 9 km Pursuit Alpe Cermis (Jan. 11th 12:00 Men & 13:30 Ladies CET)
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