Deutschland Tour - Germany's only stage race of the men's elite with many side events: Jedermann Tour (age group race), „kinder+Sport mini tour”, Ride Tour, Newcome Tour and Expo Tour
The Deutschland Tour 2021 runs over four stages from the Hanseatic city of Stralsund to Nuremberg. Next August, the 727-kilometer tour will stop in four federal states. Half of the tour runs symbolically in the eastern federal states, the other half in the western part.
The route of the Deutschland Tour is set earlier than ever before. The course of the four stages is already known a year before the pros fight for the prestigious red jersey. After passing through Germany’s southwest at the premiere of the new Deutschland Tour and the middle of Germany last year, the tour now also visits the north (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) and the south (Bavaria). With its third edition since the premiere, the tour will have already seen 10 federal states.
“The Deutschland Tour connects: the north with the south and the eastern with the western federal states. This route will present Germany in all its diversity in summer 2021. From the holiday region on the Baltic Sea passing places worth seeing and low mountain ranges, such as in Thuringia, to the Erlangen-Nuremberg metropolitan region. We have a year full of anticipation ahead of us, in which the fans can already explore the pro-route on their bikes,” says Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports.
The Free State of Thuringia is the new partner for the mountain jersey of the Deutschland Tour 2021. With the campaign “This is Thuringia”, the state marketing counts on Germany's largest cycling festival to advertise the state in a modern, active and cosmopolitan environment.
The mountain classification is the perfect stage for the Free State: on the Deutschland Tour next year, the highest point of the tour will again be in the Thuringian Forest. And Thuringia will present itself from its most beautiful side with the cultural city of Weimar as a transit point and the university town of Ilmenau as a host city.
“A year ago, we convinced ourselves: the Deutschland Tour is a great platform for our national marketing. The event brings great sport to the Thuringians right on their doorstep. The reach throughout Germany and the countless international contacts also give us the opportunity to ideally advertise our state. Thuringia presents itself in a modern environment for guests, specialists and investors,” says Wolfgang Tiefensee, Minister for Economy, Science and Digital Society of the Free State of Thuringia.
Marcel Kittel is the new ambassador for the Deutschland Tour. The 32-year-old experienced the tour from many angles. At the start of the new edition in 2018, thousands of visitors enthusiastically welcomed the sprinter in Koblenz. Last year, as a TV expert, he gave cycling fans special insights into the stage race. Now there is a unique experience for hobby cyclists: riding with Marcel Kittel on the original course of the Deutschland Tour through his home in Thuringia.
Marcel Kittel:“My passion for bike riding is still great. Now I enjoy sitting on the bike just for fun and that's why I find the concept of the Deutschland Tour so convincing. The Deutschland Tour wants to advertise not only for professional sports, but for daily cycling. The fans and visitors are involved and can participate on their bikes. From laughing two-year-olds on their bogie wheels to cheering seniors on the tandem, I experienced pure cycling enthusiasm on the Deutschland Tour.”
The Deutschland Tour is subject to a decision of the German government, which prohibits events to take place in Germany until August 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This has been confirmed by the majority of the German federal states involved in this year's race. This means that the four stages cannot take place from August 20 to 23 as planned.
Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, comments: “As big as the disappointment is, the current circumstances and the decision by the German authorities make it clear that the Deutschland Tour cannot take place this year. I thank all our public partners, sponsors, sportive participants and fans for their understanding and support. We are already working hard all together to postpone the event to next year and celebrate Germany's largest cycling festival again in August 2021.”
Since the route of this year’s race between the Hanseatic city of Stralsund and Nuremberg has already been determined, the race should be postponed to next year in completely identical fashion. All the host cities and participating federal states have given a positive signal to this initiative. They underlined their big interest in hosting the tour in 2021 as well. It is the common goal of all partners that the Deutschland Tour will take the same 720 kilometers from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to Bavaria in the second half of August 2021.
The participants of the Jedermann Tour, the big race open to all during the Deutschland Tour, can as of now prepare on the pro level. Johanne Fröhlinger will be the new trainer fo the Tour, which takes place August 23 in Nürnberg.
More than 500,000 cycling kilometers are already in the legs of the 34-year old and thanks to his experience, he has already served as an important mentor to many talented young riders during his active career. Now the hobby riders can also profit from his enormous knowledge. Johannes Fröhlinger has developed a training program for the Jedermann Tour, with which both beginners and the more experienced can prepare for the big day in Nürnberg as of March 1. At no additional cost, they have access to perfect training plan pus tips and tricks as to motivation and material. In addition, this spring there will be three live coachings in Nürnberg, during which the Jedermann Tour course can be tested with Johannes Fröhlinger.
3,000 hobby riders are expected on August 23 at the Jedermann Tour 2020 in Nürnberg. The hobby athletes can choose form two courses, both of which start in Nürnberg. After a short circuit of 60 kilometers or a longer one of 100 kilometers through Middle Franconia, a furious finale is waiting for every Jedermann Tour participant. They will storm into the same finale and finish line in the Old Town of Nürnberg which the pro riders will take on only a little later to fight for the overall victory of the Deutschland Tour 2020.
Baden-Württemberg will be a cycling stronghold again in August next year. After the state capital Stuttgart and the Stuttgart region had already hosted the closing day of the premiere edition of the new Deutschland Tour, Germany's largest cycling festival 2021 is celebrating its grand finale in the southwest again. In addition to the pros of the Deutschland Tour, 3,000 amateur cyclists are expected to take part in the Jedermann Tour starting and finishing in Stuttgart.
When the overall winner of this year's Deutschland Tour is chosen in Nuremberg on August 23, the handover of keys is certain. The successor to the Franconian metropolis will be the state capital of Baden-Württemberg and the Stuttgart region. August 2021 will be a reunion on well-known roads for German pros and many amateur cyclists. They can already refresh their memories of the Deutschland Tour 2018 at the German Championships this year, which will be held in Stuttgart and the Stuttgart region from June 19 to 21. Part of the Rad-DM 2020 is also the “Brezel Race”, a race for ambitious amateur athletes.
This year's Deutschland Tour starts in Stralsund and runs from August 20-23 over four stages to Nürnberg. In August, the world's best cyclists will travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommen's most popular vacation destination for the entire first stage.
Germany's largest cycling festival kicks off in Stralsund on August 19. The evening before the race starts, the island with the Hanseatic maritime flair will attract many visitors to the presentation of the 132 pro cyclists, including Tour de France stars, top German riders and talented newcomers. On the next day the riders will leave the UNESCO World Heritage city on the first stage of the race.
From Vorpommen, the road leads to Mecklenburg and the provincial capital Schwerin – along the coast for the first time in the history of the Deutschland Tour. For the German province, the race course, which connects both parts of the province, is a special symbol: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was re-created as a German province in 1990 and this year celebrates „30 Years MV“.
Schwerin will host the first decision of the Deutschland Tour 2020 on August 20. The Mecklenburg-Vorpommen capital offers the Schweriner Schloss as the stage for the first finish in the race. The speedy sprinters will all be eager for the stage win and the first race leader's jersey.
Even if the route planner around Fabian Wegmann are already preparing the course of the four stages, fan ideas are still welcome. Under #DeineTour, cycling fans, residents and visitors can submit their tips. The Deutschland Tour shall be designed from wishes for the course of the professional route to special tourist features that are to be incorporated into the worldwide TV broadcast. One pro rider has already shared his route suggestions in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: André Greipel, with the most victories and a native of Rostock, has contributed insider tips as a "tour maker" to the Deutschland Tour.
The third edition of the Deutschland Tour leads to Nuremberg. On August 23rd, 2020 Germany's largest cycling festival will celebrate its final in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg where the overall winner of the four-days race will be crowned.
The Deutschland Tour has been included in the new UCI ProSeries by the World Cycling Association UCI. In future, the ProSeries will combine the world's best races under the WorldTour. This classification is an appreciation for the Deutschland Tour, which has already attracted a record number of 15 teams from the WorldTour and many of the world's best professionals this year. More than 5 million viewers of the German live broadcast on ARD and ZDF alone and 500,000 viewers along the route underline the positive development.
Germany's largest cycling festival will remain in the second half of August and will be held from August 20 to 23 next year. With its diverse concept, from professional races to Newcomer Tour, the Deutschland Tour will continue to be a springboard for young German cyclists next year. As part of the tour, the Jedermann Tour 2020 will take place for amateur cyclists on the final day, Sunday August 23. After the new Germany Tour has already visited half of all federal states with its first two hostings, the race will visit new cycling enthusiastic regions in 2020.
“The Deutschland Tour 2019 has received a lot of resonance and we are taking this momentum into our plans for 2020. With our concept that combines great cycling and a modern hands-on event around the bike, we will discover new cities and regions next year. We are pleased that our desired date and inclusion in the ProSeries have been confirmed - the basis for a Deutschland Tour 2020 that will inspire again, ”says Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports.