Cycling

Tour of Germany back after 10 year break

2018-03-02 23:34
Cycling (File)

Berlin - The Tour of Germany is being relaunched this year after a ten-year hiatus, it was announced Friday.

The organisers of the Tour de France, ASO, have planned four stages from Koblenz via Bonn to Stuttgart over a total of 743km (461 miles) from August 23 to 26.

Just four weeks after the end of the Tour de France, the 'Deutschland Tour' hopes to bring cycling in from the cold in Germany.

"I see it as a starting signal for a tour that can become very big again - even on the international racing calendar," said Germany's time-trial expert Tony Martin.

The race was last held in 2008, but was scrapped after widespread disillusion and outrage after a series of doping scandals damaged the sport's image in a country that had been enthusiastic about cycling.

Organisers hope to cash in on renewed interest in cycling in Germany.

"We started with a clean sheet, now the heart is set, it's starting to throb - Germany has earned a stage race," said Claude Rach, head of ASO in Germany.

Read more on:    cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.