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Nils Politt writes history by winning the Deutschland Tour 2021

Nils Politt (Bora - hansgrohe) wins the Deutschland Tour 2021! Following Matej Mohorič in 2018 and Jasper Stuyven in 2019, Politt entered the history books as the first German winner of the newly launched Deutschland Tour. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage at the grand finale in front of the Nuremberg Opera, beating Pascal Ackermann (Bora - hansgrohe) by a bike length. Kristoff celebrated his third Deutschland Tour stage win. Ackermann is rewarded with the green jersey and second place overall.

Nils Politt: “It was a lot of fun with the team here. It was a tough race today, tough climbs, but we made it. It's something very special to win the Deutschland Tour. I was already second and now I've won it. Winning a stage race is great, but when it happens in Germany, it's all the better. The other teams put a lot of pressure on us, but our team did a great job."

That was a good week for the team and me. Two stage wins and on the GC podium - that's perfect. I didn't expect it to happen", said Alexander Kristoff: "It was a tough but good race today, and the team was great too. In the end I got a good rear wheel, then managed a good sprint - which is actually not uncommon when I survive a race."

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Nils Politt rides solo in Erlangen into the red jersey of the Deutschland Tour

The longest section of this year's Tour of Germany led from Ilmenau to Erlangen. Nils Politt (Bora - hansgrohe) enjoyed the cheers of the Erlangen spectators on the finishing straight with a final solo. But for the 27-year-old it was more than just a stage win in front of home fans - for the first time in his career he captured the leader's jersey in a Tour. Before tomorrow's final stage, Politt takes over the red jersey from his team mate Pascal Ackermann.

Nils Politt at the finish: "After the bonus sprint, a gap opened up in the peloton and I just took off. Dylan Teuns came after, but he hesitated. The only chance was to try it alone and I managed to shake him off. Now we have a good starting position for tomorrow and we will try to drive the thing home. Let's see how we do it - the sporting directors can think about that tonight. It's going to be a tough stage!"
 
"It's cool that Nils won," said Pascal Ackermann: "It was a nice race, I'm second in the classification - with a double lead we have all the cards tomorrow. The more people from our team win, the better."

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Kristoff wins the second stage of the Deutschland Tour in the photo finish

German races are a specialty of Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). As in 2019, the Norwegian wins the second stage of the Deutschland Tour again and takes his first win of the season. 180 kilometers between Sangerhausen and Ilmenau and in the end, a very small margin decided the victory. Kristoff prevailed against Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victourios) in the photo finish - Pascal Ackermann (Bora - hansgrohe) fought his way to third place and thus keeps the red leader jersey.

Alexander Kristoff about the second stage of the Deutschland Tour: “I like Germany, I have fond memories of quite a few races here. And today too - although there was a lot of rain, and the circuit was quite technical. But that's something I'm used to from home. At the finish, I was lucky that I had the wheel of Bauhaus. At first, I wasn't sure if I was ahead, but luckily it was enough."

I'm just happy about the third place, because I didn't have the legs today,” said a visibly satisfied Pascal Ackermann at the finish line: “And I'm happy that I'm still in the red jersey - a step further than in previous years. Now I have a few seconds ahead of the climbers and will do everything I can to take the jersey home. For me it would be a dream to win the Deutschland Tour and we are on the right track for it."

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Pascal Ackermann wins the Deutschland Tour opening

As in the Deutschland Tour 2019, Pascal Ackermann (Bora - hansgrohe) also won the opening stage of this year's race: After 191 kilometers from Stralsund to Schwerin, the 27-year-old relegated Phil Bauhaus and Marco Haller (both Bahrain Victourios) to places second and third. With his victory, Ackermann also takes on the first Red Jersey of the leader of the Deutschland Tour 2021.

A happy Pascal Ackermann at the finish: “That was my most important win this season. Many people doubted that I could still sprint - I showed that it was still possible. It was an extremely long sprint, but I had a tailwind and quite a gear, so I just pulled it through. We tried again and again to reduce the field in the wind, but I guess there were just too many corn fields along the route, so that didn't really work. I'm really looking forward to the next stages - even if they will certainly be more difficult."

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Prominent start list for the Deutschland Tour

August, 17th 2021

German cycling fans had to be patient: it took almost 700 days before international men's pro cycling returns to Germany's streets. A prominent provisional start list for the Deutschland Tour is the reward for the long waiting time. From August 26, 132 riders will fight for stage wins and the overall victory of the Deutschland Tour 2021 on the way from Stralsund to Nuremberg.

Ackermann, Bauhaus, Degenkolb, Greipel, Zabel – the names of the riders who line-up in Stralsund reads like the who's who of the German sprint. Even if the motivation in their home race is particularly high, the German stars do not stay among themselves. They face the likes of Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff, among others. With his four stage wins at this year's Tour de France, Cavendish has achieved a true masterpiece. During the last Deutschland Tour, Kristoff once again showed how much he loves winning in Germany.

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Grünes Licht für die Jedermann Tour am 29. August in Nürnberg

Grünes Licht für Hobbyradsportler*innen in Nürnberg. Das Gesundheitsamt der Frankenmetropole hat das Hygienekonzept der Jedermann Tour genehmigt. Für alle Teilnehmenden gilt am 29. August die 3G-Regel (geimpft, genesen, getestet). Auch wenn die aktuellen Anmeldezahlen die Erwartungen bereits übertreffen, sind noch Startplätze auf jedermann.deutschland-tour.com verfügbar. Ein Geschenk ist inklusive: alle Teilnehmenden erhalten ein kostenloses Santini-Trikot im "fränkischen Design".

Bereits am Vortag der Jedermann Tour (Samstag, 28. August), ist im Startbereich auf dem Hauptmarkt die Startnummern-Ausgabe geöffnet. Zwischen 14:00 und 20:00 Uhr kann der Starterbeutel abgeholt und der 3G-Nachweis vorgezeigt werden.

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