Bellingham set for 2015 Tour de Ski

The 2015 FIS Tour de Ski is set to start on January 3 and Phillip Bellingham will be the sole Australian representative for the second year in a row. Snow has arrived just in time to put a natural cover on top of the artificial snow lining the tracks in Oberstdorf, Germany, the host of the first two stages.
This edition of the Tour has seven stages in a 9-day period, however the plan is for Bellingham to complete just the first three stages before heading up to Sweden for Scandinavian Cup races at the World Championship venue in Falun. His main event in the Tour is the third stage Freestyle Sprint in Val Mustair in Switzerland.
“I’m really looking forward to the sprint in Mustair and hoping to find some form to give the top 30 a shake”, said Bellingham from Davos where he has been training since the last World Cup before Christmas. “But first I’ll have to ski damn fast to make the cut-off time in the first two stages, especially the 15k classic pursuit if it’s on a short loop.” The Tour has time limits for each stage to deter athletes from coasting through to their favourite events, and also an overlapping rule for the multi-lap events.

Coaching and waxing support for the Tour is being provided by the Great Britain Ski Team, who have two male athletes competing. Andrew Musgrave aims to complete the entire Tour for the fourth time, while Andrew Young has the same plan as Bellingham to head to Sweden after stage three.
“Working with the Brits again for the Tour this year will be great, they’ve done a great job at previous World Cups and always produce fast skis”, said Bellingham. “I’m just hoping I can scrape through the classic stage!”
The Tour de Ski starts with a Freestyle Prologue on January 3 and can be followed live on Eurosport Australia or via the FIS live-timing.

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