‘Revenge’ on offer at Deutschland Tour

There's no hanging about at the Deutschland Tour, which has already released its route for the Augus

SINKEWITZ Patrick ( GER ) 
There’s no hanging about at the Deutschland Tour, which has already released its route for the Augus

PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM While many races on the calendar delay news of their upcoming schedules and routes until as late as possible, there is no such problem for the media and fans with the Deutschland Tour. Despite this year’s edition being moved from its usual late May/early June slot to the middle of August to avoid a clash with other ProTour events, the organisers of Germany’s biggest stage race have wasted no time in releasing details of this summer’s event. Billed by race director Kai Rapp as offering “the chance for revenge after the Tour de France”, the nine-day event is set to start in Altenburg on August 15 and finish in Bonn on the 23rd. “It will be the longest, the hardest and the most beautiful,” said Rapp at Tuesday’s presentation, adding, perhaps hopefully: “I’m sure that the protagonists from the Tour will be with us.” The key stage for overall contenders is likely to be the mountainous run through Austria from Kufstein to Soelden on August 18. The stage finishes with a long uphill run to the 2,684-metre summit of the Rettenbachferner. A 30km time trial on the penultimate day could also prove decisive. The race finishes on August 23 outside T-Mobile’s corporate HQ in Bonn. “Cycling means dynamics, passion, team spirit, emotions. Year after year fans along the roads cheer on their stars enthusiastically. We are glad to take the unique atmosphere of the Tour of Germany giving fans and our employees the chance to experience it first hand,” said T-Mobile’s sponsoring and events director, Reinhard Plckthun. For any fans planning to follow the action first hand, there is also the opportunity to ride on the roads used by the pros. On August 18 the T-Mobile Mountain Challenge takes places, giving riders the chance to test themselves over the last 12km of the Slden stage. Anyone contemplating the challenge should be warned that in those 12km the road rises from 1,370 metres to 2,670 – not far off an average gradient of 10%. The Deutschland Tour’s route is as follows: August 15, stage 1: Altenburg-Plauen, 170km August 16, stage 2: Pegnitz-Bodenmais, 186km August 17, stage 3: Bodenmais-Kufstein, 232km August 18, stage 4: Kufstein-Soelden, 178km August 19, stage 5: Soelden-Friedrichshafen, 215km August 20, stage 6: Friedrichshafen-Singen, 175km August 21, stage 7: Singen-Feldberg, 173km August 22, stage 8: Ludwigshafen-Weinheim, 30km time trial August 23, stage 9: Bad Kreuznach-Bonn, 170km For more details on the race go to the official website at www.deutschland-tour.de