Deutschland Tour

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Deutschland Tour
Race details
DateAugust, 23-26, 2018
RegionGermany
English nameTour of Germany
Local name(s)Deutschland Tour (in German)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI ProTour (2005–2008)
UCI Europe Tour (2018-)
TypeStage-race
OrganiserGesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports mbH
History
First edition1911 (1911)
Editions32
First winner Hans Ludwig (GER)
Most wins Jens Voigt (GER)
Most recent Linus Gerdemann (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. The race has not been held since, but 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 will take place in the South-Western region of Germany.[2]

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.[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] After a ten-year pause, the Deutschland Tour is starting up again – with a new concept and as part of the Cycling Festival. Your Tour. From August 23-26, the Deutschland Tour 2018 will connect German cities and regions with four stages - starting in Koblenz and ending in Stuttgart.[5]

Past winners[edit]

Jens Voigt (pictured at the 2006 Deutschland Tour) is the only rider with two Deutschland Tour wins.
Linus Gerdemann won the Deutschland Tour in 2008.
Rider Team
1911 Germany Hans Ludwig (GER)
1912–1921 No race
1922 Germany Adolf Huschke (GER)
1923–1926 No race
1927 Germany Rudolf Wolke (GER)
1928–1929 No race
1930 Germany Hermann Buse (GER)
1931 Germany Erich Metze (GER)
1932–1936 No race
1937 Germany Otto Weckerling (GER)
1938 Germany Hermann Schild (GER)
1939 Germany Georg Umbenhauer (GER)
1940–1946 No race
1947 Germany Erich Bautz (GER)
1948 Germany Phillip Hilpert (GER)
1949 Germany Harry Saager (GER)
1950 Belgium Roger Gyselinck (BEL)
1951 Italy Guido de Santi (ITA)
1952 Belgium Isidore Derijck (BEL)
1953–1959 No race
1960 Germany Ab Geldermans (GER)
1961 No race
1962 Netherlands Peter Post (NED)
1963–1978 No race
1979 Germany Dietrich Thurau (GER) IJsboerke
1980 Germany Gregor Braun (GER)
1981 Italy Silvano Contini (ITA)
1982 Netherlands Theo de Rooij (NED) Capri Sonne
1983–1998 No race
1999 Germany Jens Heppner (GER) Team Telekom
2000 Spain David Plaza (ESP) S.L. Benfica
2001 Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) Team Telekom
2002 Spain Igor González de Galdeano (ESP) ONCE
2003 Australia Michael Rogers (AUS) Quick Step–Davitamon
2004 Germany Patrik Sinkewitz (GER) Quick Step–Davitamon
2005 United States Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
2006 Germany Jens Voigt (GER) Team CSC
2007 Germany Jens Voigt (GER) Team CSC
2008 Germany Linus Gerdemann (GER) T-Mobile Team
2009–2017 No race
2018 Slovenia Matej Mohorič (SLO) Bahrain–Merida

References[edit]

  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". Cyclingnews.com.
  4. ^ "AG2R La Mondiale extends sponsorship through 2020 - News Shorts - Cyclingnews.com".
  5. ^ "Deutschland Tour | Deutschland Deine Tour". www.deutschland-tour.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21.

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