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."
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."