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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 |
The route as well as the start and finish areas were packed by fans showing the passion for cycling in Germany.
Shortly after the finale of the new Deutschland Tour, the organizer can draw a positive conclusion. The four day stage race from Koblenz to Stuttgart, drew a lot of attention from fans along the 737 km course and more than fulfilled all expectations. In addition to the pro race, the many other activities and attractions brought about a real cycling festival, which was received with much enthusiasm in the stage towns.
“The new edition of the Deutschland Tour was a full success. From a sporting point, we had exciting decisions and an open race up to the end – exactly what we hoped for when we planned the course. The riders join us, the organizers, in being happy with so much response from the fans. From the spectacular team presentation on the Deutschen Eck in Koblenz up to the finale on the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, we sent some beautiful pictures from Germany around the world,” said Claude Rach, CEO of the organizer "Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports".
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The participants could choose between two distances - both starting on the Schlossplatz and finishing on the Theodor-Heuss-Straße - just like the elite.
Under the motto “Region Stuttgart. Deine Tour”, about 3000 hobby riders took to the two different courses around the Baden-Württemberg capital city on Sunday morning before the final stage of the pro race. The short course of 57.5 km was won by Lennart Jasper of Rose Team Münsterland and by Svenja De Buhr of RSV Heidelberg, the longer course of 117.5 km by Kai Miebach of Team Strasssacker 2. and by Kerstin Pöhl of RSV Stutttgart-Vaihingen/Passione Bici Girls. The hobby riders could choose between the shorter “Weinbergrunde“ (57,5 Kilometer with 686 climbing meters) and a “Runde durch die Region Stuttgart“ (117,5 Kilometer with 1.339 climbing meters). Both courses ended on the Theodor-Heuss Straße, which was also the finish line for the Elite race.
Nils Politt (Team Katusha-Alpecin) wins the final stage of the Deutschland Tour in Stuttgart, Matej Mohoric (Team Bahrain-Merida) the general classification.
After a splendid battle between the big guns of the Deutschland Tour all the way to the finish line of the fourth and final stage, Matej Mohoric managed to keep his overall leader’s red jersey and wins this 2018 edition of the race, ten years after its last appearance on the world cycling calendar. But The Slovenian had to give all he had to conquer the GC, threatened by all his rivals in the final loops around Stuttgart. The final day eventually saw Germany’s Nils Politt claim the stage win ahead of Mohoric and Caruso. At only 23 years of age, Mohoric conquers a second consecutive stage race after claiming the Binck Bank Tour just a week ago. Mohoric wins the event with a 6’’ lead over Politt and 12’’ over Schachmann.
Well-deserved victory of Matej Mohoric on stage 3 of the Deutschland Tour from Trier to Merzig.
Merzig – August 25, 2018. The beautiful Saarland area of Germany offered all the ingredients for an eventful battle between the big guns of the Deutschland Tour. Second yesterday behind Schachmann, Matej Mohotric enjoyed a sweet revenge claiming a fine victory. After the final hilly part of the day, the Slovenian proved to be the fastest of the reduced bunch, beating Nils Politt and Pieter Vanspeybrouck to the line. Junior World champion, U23 World champion and recently winner of the Binck Bank Tour, Mohoric conquers the overall lead and takes an option on final victory before the final day tomorrow in Stuttgart.
Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) - winner of stage 2 of the Deutschland Tour.
After the battle of sprinters yesterday, stage 2 of the Deutschland Tour offered far more opportunities to climbers and GC riders on a very demanding and hilly final part. And indeed victory was decided between four extremely strong men on the final straight in Trier. After taking off with Tom Dumoulin on the last climb of the day, with 6kms to go, Maximilian Schachmann conquered a prestigious win on home soil. The German eventually outsprinted Matej Mohoric and Dumoulin, capturing at the same time the overall red jersey. At 24 years old he confirms what a promising rider he is after already winning on the Giro this year and gives his Quick-Step Floors team a second success in a row in Germany.
The Columbian Álvaro José Hodeg (Team Quickstep-Floors) beats Pascal Ackermann (Team BORA-hansgrohe) in photo finish sprint.
The last time a rider raised his arm in the air on the finish line of the Deutschland Tour was ten years ago so who better then a young and promising sprinter to do so again on this brand new edition of the event. As expected stage 1 of the race was decided in a bunched sprint on the final long straight in Bonn but while many were expecting German specialists Kittel, Greipel or Ackerman, Alvaro Hodeg triumphantly powered to the line. The Colombian eventually captured the win ahead of Ackerman and Bonifazio and naturally conquers the overall leader’s red jersey.
Thousands of cycling fans provided the riders a spectacular atmosphere for the team presentation at the Deutsche Eck in Koblenz.
Both, the winner of the Tour de France 2018 Geraint Thomas (GBR) and the runner up Tom Dumoulin (NED) will start at the Deutschland Tour.
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, runner up Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet are the big names of the Deutschland Tour set to serve as the platform for the new generation of German cycling. Local heroes of today (Marcel Kittel, André Greipel, Pascal Ackermann), tomorrow (Maximilian Schachmann, Nils Politt, Lennard Kämna) and after tomorrow (the young guns of the continental teams) are on their toes for the race due to take place from August 23 to 26. From Koblenz to Stuttgart, the whole German cycling community is involved in the event.
The team presentation will take place on Wednesday, August, 22, at 5.30 pm in Koblenz at the Deutsche Eck.
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."
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.