The sprinters weren't be happy for long, though, as the next day presented the Queen Stage of the Deutschland Tour, from Bonn to Trier. The course, cutting through the Eifel region, resembled the profile of an Ardennes Classic, with the peloton constantly going up and down. The second stage ended in Trier with a closing circuit, which included a 2 kilometers long climb – the ideal point for a late attack.
The Queen stage is on the program for the second day of the Deutschland Tour, with 196 kilometers from Bonn to Trier. Friday morning the start is at the Poppelsdorfer Schloss. The peloton will roll along a six kilometer neutralised section over the Meckenheimer Allee and Ippendorf to the city limit. The sharp start will be on the Reichsstraße.
Over Meckenheim they head towards Altenahr. Even though there is an intermediate sprint after 38.5 km in Niederadenau, the rolling profile of the Vulkaneifel doesn’t offer much chance to relax. From the steep climb to Quiddelbach, in sight of the Nürburg Ring, the course goes to Daun and then further south to Wittlich. The first ranked climb of the day follows on the 2.5 km climb in Klausen. The pros can enjoy the beautiful Mosel river panorama on the descent, before crossing the river in Klausen. They have time to take a deep breath as they ride along the Mosel and enjoy doing through Neumange-Dhron, Germany’s oldest wine village. A sharp climb (Auf Zummet) at km 143.5 opens the challenging finale. Only ten kilometers later, the riders face the long, steep climb up to Naurath. Shortly thereafter is the sprint in Thomm and then they have to give their all for the last mountain point, which will be given in Korlingen.
Trier is already in sight, and they will race across the Kohlenstraße up to the Herzogenbuscher Straße. At the Arena Trier, the pros will get a taste of the run-in to the finish line, but there is still a lap of a circuit course to go before the stage win. The closing round runs over the B49 to the Mosel Stadium. The field goes through the Old Town directly to the Porta Nigra. From there it is on to Petrisberg – the last hurdle of the day. The Petrisberg climb offers the chance for an attack before the finish and a double reward. On teh way down, valuable bonus seconds will be given and then it is only 6.5 km to the finish. From the Kohlenstraße up to the Herzogenbuscher Straße to the finish at the Arena Trier – this could be the triumphal arrival of a new leader in Germany’s oldest city.
© Marcel Hilger