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Deutschland Tour 2018 - 23 to 26 August 2018! Germany's only stage race of the men's elite | Kids Tour | Age Group races | Ride Tour | Newcome Tour | Expo |
Straight from the "Champs-Élysées" to the Deutschland Tour: Thomas Geraint, winner of the Tour de France 2018, will start in Koblenz.
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will make his first official race appearance after winning the Tour de France at the Deutschland Tour. The 32-year-old Welshman has opted for the four-day race from Koblenz to Stuttgart to enter the second half of the season. In addition to Geraint Thomas, who also relies on the home field advantage of his teammate Christian Knees, more international top stars will line-up for the Tour of Germany. The high-profile start list, which will be announced on Monday, underlines the importance of the newly launched stage race. Thomas: "I’ve won Bayern-Rundfahrt twice and I really enjoy racing in Germany. It’s a lovely country and I really enjoy going there."
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.
Red, green, white and white-dotted - these are the leader jerseys that the 132 pro riders will fight for on their way from Koblenz to Stuttgart. The leader’s jersey of the Deutschland Tour will present a very special surprise. It becomes the Hall of Fame for the Tour’s fans, as it carries the names of the thousands of fans who have helped to plan and put on the Deutschland Tour. As in the big stage races, from the Tour de France to the Vuelta a Espana, the green jersey at the Deutschland Tour will be presented by ŠKODA. The ranking for the best young pro is presented by Dauner in an innovative refreshing design.
Eurosport will take over the complete two-hour live TV signal for each of the four stages of the Deutschland Tour using its television channels Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 as well as the Eurosport Player on mobile and web-based platforms. The live broadcast takes place in 60 countries of the pan-European and Asia-Pacific territory. Together with further TV-rights holders of the Deutschland Tour, the first edition of the race is already being distributed in 190 countries.
In Germany, all four stages of the Deutschland Tour will be broadcasted live through the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. On the first two days of the Deutschland Tour WDR, SWR, HR and SR will report for two hours at the same time. On Saturday ZDF broadcasts the third stage. Das Erste reports live from the final stage. The grand finale, which ends in the Baden-Württemberg state capital on 26th August, can also be watched live on Eurosport 2 in Germany.
One month before the first running of the new Deutschland Tour, the final course of the four-day stage race has been finalized in all details with the participating communities and regions as well as the more than 50 authorities and institutions involved. All route maps, profiles and KML files of all stages are now available for download. With great anticipation, we are looking forward to start of the Deutschland Tour on August 23, when the course with its great variety of challenges of 13 ranked climbs and 8 sprints will see a battle for stage wins and special jerseys between the Classics specialists and the sprinters
The binding qualification criteria for the German Continental teams for the Deutschland Tour were announced at the start of the season. Now that the German championships have been held, the two best-placed German Continental teams in the BDR’s Rad-Bundesliga and the UCI Europe Tour have received invitations to the Deutschland Tour. As the top team in the Rad-Bundesliga and second ranked German team in the Europe Tour, Team Lotto-Kern Haus qualified easily for the Deutschland Tour. Team Dauner D&DQ Akkon is the second-best Continental team in the Bundesliga and has thus also fulfilled the participation criteria for the Deutschland Tour. Heizomat Rad-Net.de and Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany qualified through the UCI Europe Tour.
In addition to the eleven WorldTour and four German Continental teams, there will be six ProContinental teams at the start of the new Deutschland Tour. Two of the teams at the start in Koblenz, Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Fortuneo-Samsic, will be riding the upcoming Tour de France as wildcards. Teams from Russia (Gazprom-RusVelo), the USA (Rally Cycling), Israel (Israel Cycling Academy) and the Netherlands (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) emphasize the international character of the race.
You can continue to submit your suggestions for the course to www.deutschlanddeinetour.de. All suggestions will be noted and will be considered if they are in the area of the upcoming Deutschland Tour. All stage towns have been announced by now. Use this chance and tell us where we should ride, and where and what the highlights are.
You are "Germany. Your Tour." The first Cycling Festival that you can help plan. As a “Tourmaker”, you are not only in the middle of it, but can put your stamp on the Deutschland Tour – like Anni and Carolyn, the first two Tour makers of the Deutschland Tour 2018. In the category “It's up to you”, Anni designed the first official jersey for the event. Blogger Carolyn in the category “Up close and Personal”.
Anni’s design has represented Deutschland. Deine Tour. from the start. In Spring 2017 her design not only made it in the end round ahead of nearly 100 others, but also won the fan vote on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Anni developed the design for a school project, in which the search for a design for Deutschland. Deine Tour. became part of the curriculum at the Design School. As the winner, Anni not only presented her new jersey at Eschborn-Frankfurt but also attended the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris.
Blogger Carolyn is responsible for the look behind the scene in Deutschland. Deine Tour. She won ahead of the many submissions since the presentation of the Deutschland Tour on the Tour de France rest day in Bern 2016 with her writing and critical views. Also a cyclist, Carolyn was at the start of the fan race at the cycling classic Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz. She will accompany the project leaders to various appointments, look over our shoulders during the planning and report about it all on her blog, ciclista.net.