- Impressions 2019
The Deutschland Tour 2019 runs through four federal states of Germany from August 29 to September, 1. The terrain between the start in Hannover and the finale in Erfurt is very diverse and inspired the course designers to create a race which will left the question of the final overall winner open until the final day. Sprinters and aggressive Classics riders will have their chances on the four stages, which cover more than 703 kilometers.
Besides a historic and scenic route, the four stages were designed to suit every type of rider. From sprint stages to more demanding days, the varied terrain in the middle of Germany was featured. The first stage lead from the capital of Lower Saxony, Hannover, to Halberstadt in Saxony-Anhalt. Despite short climbs in and around the Harz mountain range, the profiled stage over 167 kilometers, offered a good opportunity for the sprinters. The second stage ran between Marburg in Hesse and Göttingen. With 199 kilometers, it was the longest day of this year's race. After a ride through the undulating middle of Germany, a challenging finish loop rewarded a late attack. The third stage lead from Göttingen over 177 kilometers to Eisenach. The finale included three climbs on the last 40 kilometers and attracted the punchers. Eisenach was also host the start of the final stage. The way to the Thuringian capital Erfurt saw a fight between the classic specialists and sprinters. Although only 160 kilometers long but peppered with the ascents of the Thuringian Forest and an uphill finish, the stage and thus the tour remained exciting until the last finish line.