The new Deutschland Tour is a “must” for many German pro cyclists. With 15 German WorldTour riders on the preliminary 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.