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Deutschland Tour
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Race details
Date August
Region Germany
English name Tour of Germany
Local name(s) Deutschland Tour (German)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Stage-race
History
First edition 1911
Editions 32 (as of 2008)
First winner Germany Hans Ludwig
Most wins Germany Jens Voigt
Most recent Germany Linus Gerdemann

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. Since 2005 it is part of the UCI ProTour and has been moved to August. On October 16, 2008 organizers have announced that the 2009 edition will be canceled, following the doping cases that were revealed. 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.

History

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.

2005 overall winner Levi Leipheimer riding in the Deutschland Tour.

Germany never had a significant road cycling history, like Belgium, France and 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.

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Deutschland Tour
Race details
Date August
Region Germany
English name Tour of Germany
Local name(s) Deutschland Tour (German)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Stage-race
History
First edition 1911
Editions 29 (as of 2007)
First winner Hans Ludwig
Most recent Jens Voigt

The Deutschland Tour (English: Tour of Germany and sometimes Deutschland-Rundfahrt in German) is the most important stage race in Germany. Initially the race was held in May/June. Since 2005 it has been part of the UCI ProTour and has been moved to August.

History

Already in 1911 a "national" cycling race of over 1,500 km was held in the German Empire (Germany was then lots of more or less independent kingdoms, duchies, and other little countries ). Until 1931 several Tours were held, organised by different groups. In 1931 the first Deutschlandtour was held. The race was well organised and exciting between 1937 and 1939, but stopped again at the start of World War II.


There was not a lot of road cycling in Germany, and the tour's popularity depended on German riders doing well in other races. This resulted in several parallel tours of West Germany.

But after Jan Ullrich's 1997 Tour de France victory, cycling became more popular. Partly as because of Germany's new-found cycling enthusiasm, the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer e.V. (German Cyclists' Federation) and the company Upsolut founded the Deutschland Tour gmbh (Ltd) 1999 the Deutschlandtour restarted, and continues to this day.

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