Deutschland Tour

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For 2006-07 Nordic combined tour, see Tour of Germany.
Deutschland Tour
Deutschland Tour logo.svg
Race details
Date August
Region Germany
English name Tour of Germany
Local name(s) Deutschland Tour (German)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI ProTour (2005–2008)
Type Stage-race
History
First edition 1911 (1911)
Editions 32
Final edition 2008
First winner  Hans Ludwig (GER)
Most wins  Jens Voigt (GER)
Final winner  Linus Gerdemann (GER)

The Deutschland Tour (English: Tour of Germany and sometimes Deutschland-Rundfahrt in German) was 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. The race has not been held since, but a revival for 2017 was announced on 8 March 2016.[1][2]Later, in July 2016 the start date was pushed back to 2018.[3]

History[edit]

Already in 1911 a "national" cycling race of over 1,500 km 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.[4] In July the race was confirmed as the Deutschland Deine Tour debuting in 2018.[3]

Past winners[edit]

Jens Voigt (pictured at the 2006 Deutschland Tour) is the only rider with two Deutschland Tour wins.
Linus Gerdemann won the provisionally last Deutschland Tour in 2008.
Rider Team
1911 Germany Ludwig, HansHans Ludwig (GER)
1912–1921 No race
1922 Germany Huschke, AdolfAdolf Huschke (GER)
1923–1926 No race
1927 Germany Wolke, RudolfRudolf Wolke (GER)
1928–1929 No race
1930 Germany Buse, HermannHermann Buse (GER)
1931 Germany Metze, ErichErich Metze (GER)
1932–1936 No race
1937 Germany Weckerling, OttoOtto Weckerling (GER)
1938 Germany Schild, HermannHermann Schild (GER)
1939 Germany Umbenhauer, GeorgGeorg Umbenhauer (GER)
1940–1946 No race
1947 Germany Bautz, ErichErich Bautz (GER)
1948 Germany Hilpert, PhillipPhillip Hilpert (GER)
1949 Germany Saager, HarryHarry Saager (GER)
1950 Belgium Gyselinck, RogerRoger Gyselinck (BEL)
1951 Italy de Santi, GuidoGuido de Santi (ITA)
1952 Belgium Derijck, IsidoreIsidore Derijck (BEL)
1953–1959 No race
1960 Germany Geldermans, AbAb Geldermans (GER)
1961 No race
1962 Netherlands Post, PeterPeter Post (NED)
1963–1978 No race
1979 Germany Thurau, DietrichDietrich Thurau (GER) IJsboerke
1980 Germany Braun, GregorGregor Braun (GER)
1981 Italy Contini, SilvanoSilvano Contini (ITA)
1982 Netherlands de Rooij, TheoTheo de Rooij (NED) Capri Sonne
1983–1998 No race
1999 Germany Heppner, JensJens Heppner (GER) Team Telekom
2000 Spain Plaza, DavidDavid Plaza (ESP) S.L. Benfica
2001 Kazakhstan Vinokourov, AlexanderAlexander Vinokourov (KAZ) Team Telekom
2002 Spain González de Galdeano, IgorIgor González de Galdeano (ESP) ONCE
2003 Australia Rogers, MichaelMichael Rogers (AUS) Quick Step–Davitamon
2004 Germany Sinkewitz, PatrikPatrik Sinkewitz (GER) Quick Step–Davitamon
2005 United States Leipheimer, LeviLevi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
2006 Germany Voigt, JensJens Voigt (GER) Team CSC
2007 Germany Voigt, JensJens Voigt (GER) Team CSC
2008 Germany Gerdemann, LinusLinus Gerdemann (GER) T-Mobile Team
2009–2016 No race

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