- Impressions 2018
Eleven WorldTour, six ProContinental teams and five Continental teams will be at the start of the new Deutschland Tour.
Bora-hansgrohe (GER) – Pascal Ackermann, Patrick Konrad
Team Sunweb (GER) – Tom Dumoulin, Max Walscheid, Lennard Kämna
Team Katusha Alpecin (SUI) – Marcel Kittel, Rick Zabel, Simon Špilak, Nils Politt
AG2R La Mondiale (FRA) – Romain Bardet, Nico Den
Lotto Soudal (BEL) – André Greipel, Marcel Sieberg
Team Dimension Data (RSA) – Mark Renshaw, Bernhard Eisel
Quick-Step Floors (BEL) – Maximilian Schachmann, Álvaro José Hodeg
Team Sky (GBR) – Geraint Thomas, Christian Knees
Movistar Team (ESP) – Jasha Sütterlin, Ruben Fernandez
BMC Racing Team (USA) – Jürgen Roelandts, Damiano Caruso
Bahrain-Merida (BRN) – Matej Mohoric, Heinrich Haussler
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL) – Pieter Vanspeybrouck, Guillaume Martin
Israel Cycling Academy (ISR) – Ben Hermans
Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij (NED) – Pieter Weening
Gazprom-RusVelo (RUS) – Ildar Arslanov
Team Fortuneo-Samsic (FRA) – Warren Barguil
Rally Cycling (USA) – Colin Joyce
Leopard Pro Cycling (LUX) – Alexander Krieger
Team Lotto- Kern Haus (GER) – Joshua Huppertz
Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany (GER) – Aaron Grosser
Heizomat Rad-Net (GER) – Patrick Haller
Team Dauner D&DQ Akkon (GER) – Philipp Mamos
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, runner up Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet are the big names of the Deutschland Tour set to serve as the platform for the new generation of German cycling. Local heroes of today (Marcel Kittel, André Greipel, Pascal Ackermann), tomorrow (Maximilian Schachmann, Nils Politt, Lennard Kämna) and after tomorrow (the young guns of the continental teams) are on their toes for the race due to take place from August 23 to 26. From Koblenz to Stuttgart, the whole German cycling community is involved in the event.
With 14 German WorldTour riders on the start list, it is clear that the majority of the German elite has decided to take on the Deutschland Tour. The German contingent will be led by German national champion Pascal Ackermann, who has already ridden the entire course of the Deutschland Tour. Team Sunweb is also coming with a strong line-up, and will look to sprinter MaxWalscheid. Team Katusha-Alpecin, with top sprinter Marcel Kittel, plans a team for every race scenario. There is still a large question mark as to the participation of Tony Martin, due to the injury he suffered in the Tour de France.
The fans of the Deutschland Tour can look forward to Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) and Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) – two riders who put in an impressive first half of the season. André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Christian Knees (Team Sky) are two veterans who already have experience with the Deutschland Tour. For Greipel, it could be a jubilee, as he sprinted to stage win 10 years ago in the last running of the race.