I think he's the one guy on the Russian team who could get green lights to do that after having won the overall WC and the Tour de Ski 2 years in a row.
I guess some training groups like Kramer's will probably want to skip the Tour, but will the Russian Skiing federation allow that or demand results so that they can get a spot on the team? They
After this season’s WSC results Välbe can’t expect them to ski at the TDS and ski well at the Olympics, especially as the Olympics will be in early February. Not a lot of time to recover and build the form again.