Tour de Ski

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Tour de Ski
Tour de ski logo.svg
Status active
Genre sporting event
Date(s) late December – early January
Frequency annual
Inaugurated 2006 (2006)
Organised by FIS

The Tour de Ski (TdS) is a cross-country skiing event held annually since the 2006-2007 season in Central Europe, modeled on the Tour de France of cycling. Each Tour de Ski has consisted of six to nine stages, held during late December and early January in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The prize money for the event amount to 1,055,000 Swiss francs (844,000 euros),[1] shared out on both men and women. Men's and women's events are held together on the same days, with the only difference being the distance skied.


Cross-country skiing had been through a period of renewal from the early 1980s, when the free technique was first introduced to the World Championships which led to a rush of new events, including pursuit skiing, sprint skiing and eventually long mass start races, to complement the old time trial or individual start style of skiing. The TdS is another such new event, and the idea has been reported to come from former Olympic gold medallist Vegard Ulvang.[2] Ulvang has also brought up the idea of a tour of the Barents Region, Tour de Barents, with races in Kirkenes (Sandnes) and Vadsø in Finnmark and Murmansk in Russia.[3]

Jürg Capol, the International Ski Federation's (FIS) chief executive officer for cross-country competitions, said that FIS originally wished to start the race in the Alps. However, as neither Austria or Switzerland were interested, the opening two races were to be held in Nové Město na Moravě in the Czech Republic.[4] A week before the Tour was due to start, FIS announced that snow conditions in Nové Město were not good enough, and cancelled the two races there.

Skiers from France,[5] Germany[6] and Norway, among others, said that the TdS was among their targets for the 2006–07 season, with Norwegian skier Jens Arne Svartedal claiming that the winner would have "extreme respect" for winning such an extreme race.[7]

After the first TdS, reactions among athletes were largely positive. Norwegian athletes said "it was a good concept",[8] German winner Tobias Angerer claimed the TdS "has a great future",[9] though many of the athletes expressed concern over the final climb up an alpine skiing hill both before and after the race.[10] The director of FIS' cross-country committee, Vegard Ulvang, said the finish would be in the same place next year, but the way up could be changed.[10] Ulvang also claimed that the TdS had been a success, and a "breakthrough for FIS"[11] Ulvang did, however, admit that there would have to be some changes, as up to a third of participants in the TdS have struggled with illness or injury after the competition.[12]

Newspaper comments were divided: in Expressen's opinion, the finish was the "most enjoyable competition seen in years,"[13] while Roland Wiedemann in Der Spiegel said this "should be the future of cross-country skiing".[14] Critical commentaries appeared in Göteborgs-Posten, criticising the fact that sprinters didn't have a chance in the overall standings,[15] and Wiesbaden Kurier, describing it as a reality show and a skiing circus.[16]

The next TdS was held between 28 December 2007 and 6 January 2008, in the Czech Republic and Italy.[9] Oberstdorf in Bavaria was originally scheduled to host two races, but cancelled as the German Ski Association could only arrange a race on 2 January.[17]

At a meeting in Venice, Italy, on 7 May 2009, TdS officials met with official from the Giro d'Italia road cycle race to learn from the stage race to further improve TdS competition for the 2009–2010 event.[18]

Race structure[edit]


The overall results are based on the aggregate time for all events, as well as bonus seconds awarded on sprint and mass start stages.

The sprint races carry bonus seconds for the finish, which are subtracted from the overall time.

In mass start competitions, intermediate points carry bonus seconds; 15 to the winner, 10 to number two, and 5 to number three. The same amount of seconds are awarded at the finish. In the later editions of the Tour, intermediate points has been handed out to the 10 first skiers (15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1) past the intermediate point.

The final stage of the race includes a steep climb up Alpe Cermis, with a height difference of 425 meters. This last stage is held in a pursuit format, with competitors starting with the gaps they have in the overall classification, so the first skier to reach the top is the overall winner.

Record holders[edit]

Overall winners[edit]

Most overall wins in a row[edit]

Most completed tours[edit]

  • The only skier to complete ten tours (since 2006–07 till 2016) is  Petter Northug (NOR)

Most stage wins in a row[edit]

Winner list[edit]


Year Overall Sprint cup
1st 2nd 3rd
2006–07  Tobias Angerer (GER)  Alexander Legkov (RUS)  Simen Østensen (NOR)  Tor Arne Hetland (NOR)
2007–08  Lukáš Bauer (CZE)  René Sommerfeldt (GER)  Giorgio Di Centa (ITA)  Petter Northug (NOR)
2008–09  Dario Cologna (SUI)  Petter Northug (NOR)  Axel Teichmann (GER)  Tor Arne Hetland (NOR)
2009–10  Lukáš Bauer (CZE)  Petter Northug (NOR)  Dario Cologna (SUI)  Petter Northug (NOR)
2010–11  Dario Cologna (SUI)  Petter Northug (NOR)  Lukáš Bauer (CZE)  Dario Cologna (SUI)
2011–12  Dario Cologna (SUI)  Marcus Hellner (SWE)  Petter Northug (NOR)  Dario Cologna (SUI)
2012–13  Alexander Legkov (RUS)  Dario Cologna (SUI)  Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)  Petter Northug (NOR)
2013–14  Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)  Chris Jespersen (NOR)  Petter Northug (NOR)  Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
2015  Petter Northug (NOR)  Evgeniy Belov (RUS)  Calle Halfvarsson (SWE)  Petter Northug (NOR)
2016  Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)  Finn Hågen Krogh (NOR)  Sergey Ustiugov (RUS)  Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
2016–17  Sergey Ustiugov (RUS)  Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)  Dario Cologna (SUI)  Sergey Ustiugov (RUS)


Year Overall Sprint cup
1st 2nd 3rd
2006–07  Virpi Kuitunen (FIN)  Marit Bjørgen (NOR)  Valentina Shevchenko (UKR)  Virpi Kuitunen (FIN)
2007–08  Charlotte Kalla (SWE)  Virpi Kuitunen (FIN)  Arianna Follis (ITA)  Virpi Kuitunen (FIN)
2008–09  Virpi Kuitunen (FIN)  Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (FIN)  Petra Majdič (SLO)  Petra Majdič (SLO)
2009–10  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)  Petra Majdič (SLO)  Arianna Follis (ITA)  Petra Majdič (SLO)
2010–11  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)  Therese Johaug (NOR)  Marianna Longa (ITA)  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
2011–12  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)  Marit Bjørgen (NOR)  Therese Johaug (NOR)  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
2012–13  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)  Therese Johaug (NOR)  Kristin Størmer Steira (NOR)  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
2013–14  Therese Johaug (NOR)  Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR)  Heidi Weng (NOR)  Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR)
2015  Marit Bjørgen (NOR)  Therese Johaug (NOR)  Heidi Weng (NOR)  Marit Bjørgen (NOR)
2016  Therese Johaug (NOR)  Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR)  Heidi Weng (NOR)  Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR)
2016–17  Heidi Weng (NOR)  Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN)  Stina Nilsson (SWE)  Stina Nilsson (SWE)

Most stage wins in the Tour de Ski[edit]

Lp. Name Victories
1.  Petter Northug (NOR) 13
2.  Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) 6
3.  Lukáš Bauer (CZE) 5
3.  Dario Cologna (SUI) 5
3.  Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) 5
3.  Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) 5
7.  Axel Teichmann (GER) 4
8.  Eldar Rønning (NOR) 3
9.  Emil Jönsson (SWE) 2
9.  Tor Arne Hetland (NOR) 2
9.  Nikołaj Moriłow (RUS) 2
9.  Alexander Legkov (RUS) 2
9.  Marcus Hellner (SWE) 2
9.  Federico Pellegrino (ITA) 2
9.  Finn Hågen Krogh (NOR) 2
Lp. Name Victories
1.  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 14
2.  Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 11
2.  Therese Johaug (NOR) 11
4.  Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) 7
5.  Petra Majdič (SLO) 6
6.  Arianna Follis (ITA) 4
6.  Stina Nilsson (SWE) 4
8.  Charlotte Kalla (SWE) 3
8.  Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) 3
10.  Jessica Diggins (USA) 2
10.  Kikkan Randall (USA) 2
10.  Kristin Størmer Steira (NOR) 2
10.  Heidi Weng (NOR) 2
  • State at January 8, 2017

Most successful countries[edit]

# Country 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
1  Norway 7 13 8 5 5 3 3 3
2  Poland 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
3   Switzerland 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
4  Finland 2 3 0 5 1 2 1 2
5  Russia 2 2 2 0 4 0 2 2
6  Czech Republic 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 2
7  Sweden 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 2
8  Germany 1 1 1 0 0 5 1 2
9  Slovenia 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0
10  Italy 0 0 4 2 2 0 2 3
11  Ukraine 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
12  Canada 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
13  France 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
14  USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

State after the disqualification of Johannes Dürr (Austria).


Season 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2015 2016 2016–17[20] 2018[20] 2019[20]
Italy Asiago X X
Switzerland Lenzerheide X X X
Germany Munich X
Czech Republic Nové Město na Moravě X1 X2 X
Germany Oberhof X X X X X X
Germany Oberstdorf X 2 X X X X X X X
Czech Republic Prague X X X
Italy Toblach X X X X X X X X X
Italy Val di Fiemme X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Switzerland Val Müstair X X X X

1 cancelled due to lack of snow
2 relocated from Oberstdorf to Nové Město na Moravě due scheduling problems


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  18. ^ 14 May 2009 article on 7 May 2009 meeting between Tour de Ski and Giro d'Italia officials in Venice. - accessed 16 May 2009.
  19. ^
  20. ^ a b c Draft: FIS CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP 2016/2017

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°57′50″N 10°40′04″E / 59.96389°N 10.66778°E / 59.96389; 10.66778