Deutschland Tour

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Deutschland Tour
Race details
English nameTour of Germany
Local name(s)Deutschland Tour (in German)
CompetitionUCI ProTour (2005–2008)
UCI Europe Tour (2018-)
OrganiserGesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports mbH
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First edition1911 (1911)
First winner Hans Ludwig (GER)
Most wins Jens Voigt (GER) (2 wins)
Most recent Nils Politt (GER)

The Deutschland Tour (English: Tour of Germany and sometimes Deutschland-Rundfahrt in German) is the most important multi-stage road bicycle race in Germany. Initially the race was held in May/June, but from 2005 until 2008 it was moved to August as part of the UCI ProTour. On October 16, 2008 the organizers announced that the 2009 edition would be cancelled, following the doping cases that were revealed in the sport of cycling. Marketing chiefs said they were unable to finance the nine-day race due to a lack of interested sponsors after the latest revelations of cyclists testing positive for the blood-booster CERA. A revival for 2017 was announced on 8 March 2016.[1] In 2018, the A.S.O. revived the Deutschland Tour and included a 4-stage-race into a cycling festival. From 23 August to 26 August 2018, the Deutschland Tour took place in the South-Western region of Germany.[2]

The 2019 race was held from 29 August to 1 September.


Beginning in 1911 a "national" cycling race of over 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) was held in Germany (which was then composed of several territories and kingdoms). Until 1931 several real—more-or-less—Tours were held, but always under very different conditions and organisations. In 1931 the first Deutschlandtour was held, and it is generally agreed upon that the race was exciting and well organised between 1937 and 1939, the start of World War II.

Germany never had a significant road cycling history, unlike Belgium, France or Italy, which caused the race's popularity to depend on German successes. This resulted in several parallel tours of West-Germany.

But after Jan Ullrich's Tour de France victory, cycling became more popular. Partially as a result of Germany's new-found cycling enthusiasm, in 1999 the Deutschlandtour became invigorated. In 1998 the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer e.V. and the company Upsolut founded the Deutschland Tour gmbh.

In March 2016, the Amaury Sport Organisation announced it had signed a 10-year deal with the German Cycling Federation to bring the race back within the next two years.[3] In July the race was confirmed as the Deutschland Deine Tour debuting in 2018, reduced to four stages and relegated to a UCI 2.1 European Tour race.[4] The race will become part of the new UCI ProSeries in 2021.

Past winners[edit]

Jens Voigt (pictured at the 2006 Deutschland Tour) is the only rider with two Deutschland Tour wins.
Year Country Rider Team
1911  Germany Hans Ludwig
1912–1921 No race
1922  Germany Adolf Huschke
1923–1926 No race
1927  Germany Rudolf Wolke
1928–1929 No race
1930  Germany Hermann Buse Dürkopp Adler
1931  Germany Erich Metze
1932–1936 No race
1937  Germany Otto Weckerling Dürkopp Adler
1938  Germany Hermann Schild Presto
1939  Germany Georg Umbenhauer RV Union 1886-Nürnberg
1940–1946 No race due to World War II
1947  Germany Erich Bautz Patria W.K.C.
1948  Germany Phillip Hilpert
1949  Germany Harry Saager Rabeneick
1950  Belgium Roger Gyselinck
1951  Italy Guido de Santi Colomb-Manera
1952  Belgium Isidore Derijck
1953–1959 No race
1960  Netherlands Ab Geldermans Rapha-Gitane-Dunlop
1961 No race
1962  Netherlands Peter Post Flandria-Faema-Clement
1963–1978 No race
1979  West Germany Dietrich Thurau IJsboerke
1980  West Germany Gregor Braun Sanson-Campagnolo
1981  Italy Silvano Contini Bianchi-Faema
1982  Netherlands Theo de Rooij Capri Sonne
1983–1998 No race
1999  Germany Jens Heppner Team Telekom
2000  Spain David Plaza S.L. Benfica
2001  Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Team Telekom
2002  Spain Igor González de Galdeano ONCE
2003  Australia Michael Rogers Quick Step–Davitamon
2004  Germany Patrik Sinkewitz Quick Step–Davitamon
2005  United States Levi Leipheimer Gerolsteiner
2006  Germany Jens Voigt Team CSC
2007  Germany Jens Voigt Team CSC
2008  Germany Linus Gerdemann T-Mobile Team
2009–2017 No race
2018  Slovenia Matej Mohorič Bahrain–Merida
2019  Belgium Jasper Stuyven Trek–Segafredo
2020 No race due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021  Germany Nils Politt Bora–Hansgrohe


  1. ^ "ASO to revive Deutschland Tour as part of major agreement to develop cycling in Germany".
  2. ^ "Neuauflage der Deutschland Tour live bei ARD und ZDF | Sportschau". Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen (ARD) (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  3. ^ Patrick Fletcher. "Deutschland Tour to re-launch as ASO sign 'groundbreaking' partnership with German federation".
  4. ^ "AG2R La Mondiale extends sponsorship through 2020 - News Shorts -".

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