Press Releases 2021

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

The longest section of this year's Deutschland Tour 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 take it 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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Big start of the Deutschland Tour in the Hanseatic City of Stralsund

  • Four demanding stages with 722 kilometers, from the Baltic Sea to Franconia
  • An internationally top-class field of riders, including the four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, the record stage winner of the Tour de France Mark Cavendish and the stage winner of the Deutschland Tour 2019 Alexander Kristoff
  • A home game for the German stars, from Nils Politt and Emanuel Buchmann to the entire sprint elite, around Pascal Ackermann, Phil Bauhaus and John Degenkolb as well as the local hero of the first stage, André Greipel

 

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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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Top cast promises a great Deutschland Tour

June, 17th 2021

In exactly ten weeks, on August 25, the team presentation of the Deutschland Tour will take place on the Stralsund harbor island. Among the squads fighting to win the Deutschland Tour are the two German WorldTeams BORA - hansgrohe and Team DSM. Teams with German riders, such as Alpecin - Fenix, Bahrain - Victorious and Israel Start-Up Nation, as well as the top international teams are expected.

22 teams, each with six riders, will take part in the Deutschland Tour from August 26 to 29. The race runs over four stages from the Hanseatic city of Stralsund to Nuremberg. 727 kilometers are covered on the route from the Baltic Sea to Franconia. After a flat section in the north of Germany, the race's central part in Thuringia becomes hillier. The final stage in Bavaria will be a true classic – only 160 kilometers long but peppered with 13 steep climbs.

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Jedermann Tour as a summer highlight on August 29th in Nuremberg

May, 11th - 2021

There are almost four months of training ahead of the Jedermann Tour. The race for amateur cyclists traditionally takes place on the final day of the Deutschland Tour. On August 29th the time has come in Nuremberg: Before the professionals conquer Franconian Switzerland, the course belongs to everyone. Beginners and ambitious riders can enjoy the Deutschland Tour atmosphere on two routes. A Santini jersey in "Franconian design" is included free of charge with every registration on jedermann.deutschland-tour.com.

Marcel Kittel has already taken a close look at both routes: “The Jedermann Tour whets the appetite for summer and cycling. Everyone can dare to do the 55-kilometer route. Not too difficult, not too long and car-free roads are perfect for beginners on the racing bike. And if you are already training properly in May, you can set yourself a real challenge for August with the long distance. More than 100 kilometers and some crisp ramps in profile - that's something."

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Deutschland Tour is preparing for the final weekend in Franconia

April, 4th - 2021

The planning for the Deutschland Tour (August 26th to 29th) is in full swing. From the official coordination to the TV production to the participating professional teams, the organization is right on schedule. The final weekend of Germany's largest cycling festival will take place in Franconia this year. The preliminary decision for the overall victory of the Deutschland Tour 2021 will be made in Erlangen.

Since the Deutschland Tour had to be postponed last summer, the tour will run this summer over four stages from the Hanseatic city of Stralsund to Nuremberg.

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Plan International Challenge – the charity ride for children's rights at the Deutschland Tour

March, 31th - 2021

Everyone can ride the Deutschland Tour? This is now possible thanks to a new fundraising campaign that was developed together with the children's aid organization Plan International. On each of the race’s four stages, 10 teams of two riders bike just ahead of the elite peloton to collect donations for a project against child labor in Tanzania. According to the motto “Your stage for children's rights”, the participants ride the entire route from the stage’s start city, making it over the official finish line in time before the pro riders arrive. Registration for the limited spots in the fundraising campaign is now open: challenge.deutschland-tour.com.

As in the previous edition, the Deutschland Tour will again campaign for children's rights in 2021. Plan International is the official charity partner of Germany's largest cycling festival. The goal: children should have the same rights and opportunities worldwide so that they can grow up healthy and actively shape their future.

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