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Seven stages, nine days and 400 FIS points

Heidi Weng (NOR) with her FIS Tour de Ski trophy after the final climb in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus
Heidi Weng (NOR) won the 2017 FIS Tour de ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng (NOR) won the 2017 FIS Tour de ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

All you need to know about the 2018 Tour de Ski.

The 12th edition of the FIS Tour de Ski stage race opens with sprint competitions in Lenzerheide (SUI) on December 30, continues with individual start classic races on December 31 and skate pursuit races on January 1. The tour then moves on to Oberstdorf (GER) for the next two stages: classic sprints and skate mass start races on January 3 and 4. Finally, the tour concludes with two stages in Val di Fiemme (ITA) on January 6 and 7.

See complete schedule below

Madshus racer Heidi Weng (NOR), who is aiming to defend her 2017 overall Tour de Ski title, heads into the Tour as second in the 2018 FIS distance World Cup, and third in the overall World Cup.

The overall Tour champion takes home 400 FIS points, as well as 50 points for each stage victory during the Tour de Ski.

Learn more about formats, FIS points and bonus seconds

2018 Tour de Ski
Dec 30: Skate Sprint, Lenzerheide (SUI)
Dec 31: Classic 10km/15km individual start, Lenzerheide (SUI)
Jan 1: Skate 10km/15km pursuit, Lenzerheide (SUI)
Jan 3: Sprint Classic, Oberstdorf (GER)
Jan 4: Skate 10km/15km mass start, Oberstdorf (GER)
Jan 6: Classic 10km/15km mass start, Val di Fiemme (ITA)

Heidi Weng (NOR) with her FIS Tour de Ski trophy after the final climb in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng (NOR) with her FIS Tour de Ski trophy after the final climb in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

“I think I get it now”

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) won the 5km skate race in  Lenzerheide (SUI) on January 3, the third stage of the 2016 Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) won the 5km skate race in Lenzerheide (SUI) on January 3, the third stage of the 2016 Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) won the 5km skate race in Lenzerheide (SUI) on January 3, the third stage of the 2016 Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild F. Østberg (NOR) is aiming to step it up again for the 2016-17 season.

the 25-year-old Norwegian just finished an amazing season, her best to date. On May 1, Østberg formally started preparing for the 2016-17 season, aiming to step it up yet another notch. But she admits she has needed some time just to let the season sink in.

“There was a while where I literally couldn’t believe it was real, and it lasted a little into the spring, but I’m starting to realize it now,” Østberg said to NTB last week.

At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi (RUS), she earned the silver medal in the sprint and helped Norway to gold in the team sprint. At the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE) she helped Norway to gold in the team sprint again. This season, she has dominated the Wold Cup podium, week after week.

“It was unreal. Prior to the 2015-16 season, I hadn’t been on the World Cup podium for a distance race at all, and this season, I was pretty much on the podium every weekend throughout the entire winter. In tours and regular World Cups,” she says of the season that became her major World Cup breakthrough.

Østberg, who comes from the small town of Gjøvik, says that even for family and friends and those who know her really well, it hasn’t been easy to put words to what they’ve seen this season.

“I’m sure some expect that I will take the same giant leaps next winter, but I’m getting close to the top now, and the higher you get, the more difficult it becomes to take the next steps,” Østberg explains.

“It’s actually not realistic to make similar gains next season, but my goal for the upcoming season is to keep improving,” she says.

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