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Hot tip!:

You can predict who wins the overall and the individual stages. Mind, you only have about an hour to make the deadline to predict the overall and the prologue:
http://whowins.worldofxc.com/index.php?
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So they've removed one of the sprint stages this year? Think it gives Johaug a chance?
Really glad about that. More real races, fewer carnivals.

And yes, the Alpe Cermis pursuit is kind of a carnival, but it's also pretty unique. The calendar is already saturated with those cursed sprints.
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The seventh edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear will kick off in just a week, on 29th December 2012.

Due to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships scheduled in Val di Fiemme from 20th February until 3rd March, the Tour will be shorter featuring just seven stages in nine days this year.

Traditionally, the Tour kicks off in Oberhof with a free technique prologue, 3 km ladies and 4 km men, on Saturday. A classical pursuit competition over 9 km for the ladies and 15 km for the men is scheduled on Sunday, 30th December 2012. Unlike in the previous editions of the Tour, Oberhof will be the only German host this year.

The last day of 2012 will feature one of the two rest days. On 1st January, Switzerland will host the first Tour stage in history. A free technique 1.4 km long sprint will be held in Val Müstair, the home of Dario Cologna. He was born in St. Maria, which lies only 8 km from Tschierv, the competition venue. Dario Cologna’a successes and growing reputation has increased the popularity of Cross-Country Skiing in the region.

After another rest day, it will be time for the first Italian stages in Cortina and Toblach. The men will compete on the longest stage of the tour – 35 km free technique pursuit from Cortina to Toblach – and the ladies’ 15km free are on schedule on 3rd January 2013. The day after, a short classical individual start competitions over 3 km for the ladies and 5 for the men will take place in Toblach before moving for the final phase of the Tour in Val di Fiemme.

Val di Fiemme is the traditional host of the final stages of all editions of the FIS Tour de Ski and has become the trademark of the toughest stage-competition on the World Cup circuit. The competition program on Saturday, 5th January contains 10 km mass start classic ladies and 15 km mass start classic men. The seventh and final competition day of the FIS Tour de Ski 2012/13 traditionally features the famous Final Climb onto Alpe Cermis. Both ladies and men will have to ski the final 9 km and 425 meters of elevation, which will determine the winners of the 2012/13 edition.

The snow conditions are looking good at all the Tour venues. All FIS Tour de Ski hosts have received snowfall in the past days or were able to produce snow. The seventh edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear can start: We are ready - do join us on the Tour 2012/2013!
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A bit more about the race and possible contenders:
http://www.fiscrosscountry.com/news/...ogue,3511.html

The set up of the race is a bit different this year. With only one sprint in frestyle with a rest day before and after makes things hard to predict. Also only 7 stages can make things interesting.


It's a shame Marit can't attend, but I don't think Justyna can declare vicory yet. I have hopes for Heidi Weng, she has the capacity to win this, but she lacks routine and might make mistakes. She is similar to Northug in that in a sprint, after a long race she is able to get the tecnique right when others fail due to exhaustion.

Johaug has done a lot of strength training in order to improve her top speed on the flat. I'm hoping to see more power in her skiing.

I have high hopes for Kalla. If her classic tecnique has become less vulnerable to less than perfect skiis, she can be a contender. I'm hoping Anna Haag is back on track with her new training program.

But there are many others who can make an impact: Laktenmaki, Randall etc. And then there are a lot of contenders for individual stages.

On the Mens side, there are so many contenders. The favorite is Dario Cologna, but there are a lot of guys who can challenge him.
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in the news is that marit is returning to racing on 12 january in liberec. nothing was found.

speaking of health issues, it went virtually unnoticed that the swedish team withdrew 3 originally planned racers due to 'health problems'.
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in the news is that marit is returning to racing on 12 january in liberec. nothing was found.

speaking of health issues, it went virtually unnoticed that the swedish team withdrew 3 originally planned racers due to 'health problems'.
Well, they werent favorites

I would have liked to see what Nelson and Larsen could do, but ce la vie. Sřdergren will however be deeply missed by me. He is not a favorite, but has the capacity to impress.

But how long will Johan Olsson last? I hope he lasts the hole tour. But with his airways and health issues it feels like a long shot. But one can only hope.
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hoping the best for poltoranin !
and the russians to kick aszes today
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matti heikkinen plans to quit after the first two races. nonetheless, he is not doing very well in the prologue.

expecting legkov to go big.
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matti heikkinen plans to quit after the first two races. nonetheless, he is not doing very well in the prologue.

expecting legkov to go big.
Everything should come back together for the mens race tomorrow, so don't write him off.
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So Northug just put on a show... wow. Not that it matters that much.

Randall put on a show of her own too, she's should have a lead after three days as well if she does well enough tomorrow. Johaug is going to be dangerous this tour though. I don't expect Kowalczyk to have an easy tour by any means.
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First race - first impressions…no bearing on the remaining 6 stages.

no surprise at all:
northug, randall, kowalczyk, kalla, hellner, legkov, harvey...

these performed as expected at a customary high level

slight surprise:

cologna (outside podium), vylegzhanin (he normally does not feature this high in shorter races), joensson (i thought he was capable of a higher position yesterday), johaug (the 13th is OK but the 17 seconds back of randall feels a bit too much since she was reported to improve her sprints…)

today i think justyna will quickly catch randall and stomp the field…

northug told nrk that he wont insist on fighting it alone all the way in todays pursuit and would rather carve a good position for a final acceleration. i think the russians have the goods and will try some team tactic to thwart his plans…
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