The Deutschland Tour is back!

After a ten-year pause, the Deutschland Tour has started up again – with a new concept and as part of a big Cycling Festival. Bigger and more colorful than ever. From August 23-26, the Deutschland Tour 2018 connected German cities and regions with four challenging and varied stages, and ended with the big finale in Stuttgart.

New edition of the Deutschland Tour was a great success

Highlights of the Deutschland Tour 2018

Shortly after the finale of the new Deutschland Tour, the organizer can draw a positive conclusion. The four day stage race, which started in Koblenz and ended in Stuttgart, drew a lot of attention from fans along the 737 km course and more than fulfilled all expectations. In addition to the pro race, the many other activities and attractions brought about a real cycling festival, which was received with much enthusiasm in the stage towns.

“The new edition of the Deutschland Tour was a full success. From a sporting point, we had exciting decisions and an open race up to the end – exactly what we hoped for when we planned the course. The riders join us, the organizers, in being happy with so much response from the fans. From the spectacular team presentation on the Deutschen Eck in Koblenz up to the finale on the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, we sent some beautiful pictures from Germany around the world,” Rach added.

Next year the Deutschland Tour will again register with the UCI for the last August weekend. The international federation is expected to publish its 2019 race calendar the end of September. “The timing proved itself to be good. When so many of the world’s best GC riders, so many WorldTour teams and the elite German riders decide for the Deutschland Tour, then these dates fit perfectly in the season planning,” said Claude Rach.

Facts about the Deutschland Tour

  • The Bike Festival in the stage towns Koblenz, Bonn, Trier, Merzig, Lorsch and Stuttgart in the last five days was visited by 125,000 fans. In addition, hundreds of thousands enjoyed the race atmosphere along the way on each of the four stages.
  • For just the live coverage in German television on the regionals broadcasters of the ARD (SWR WDR, SR), on ZDF and Das Erste (ARD), as well as on Eurosport, more than 2.5 million watchers were expected. In addition there were many around the world who watched the Deutschland Tour broadcasts in 190 lands as well as those who used the app and live stream.
  • The German riders used their home advantage at the Deutschland Tour, being very active throughout the whole race and using the four-day race as the perfect stage. Especially noteworthy was the stage win by Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-StepFloors), but also many other young up-and-coming German riders put themselves in the spotlight with their attention-getting breakaways.  Going into the final stage, two of the biggest German talents, Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Maximilian Schachmann, were in the top five. 
  • More than 1000 cycling enthusiasts took part in the Ride Tour on auto-free streets in Koblenz, Bonn, Trier and Stuttgart.
  • The “kinder+Sport mini tour”,  from the riding park to the youngsters’ and push bike races, helped to get several thousand kids and youths enthusiastic for cycling, as well as motivating them for more sport and movement in daily life.
  • In the race for young riders, the Newcomer Tour, young female riders in the U-17 class showed some real talent on the hilly course in Merzig.
  • The Jedermann Tour attracted about 3000 hobby riders at its premiere in Stuttgart and the Stuttgart region, with two different courses offering a very personal Deutschland Tour experience.