Berlin - The course for this year's Tour of Germany will pay tribute to the
30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, organisers said on Monday.
The four-stage cycling race starts on August 29 in Hanover and will finish in Erfurt on September 1.
This year's route, unveiled on Monday, will criss-cross the route of
the former 'Iron Curtain' - the formidable border which divided East
and West Germany - to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the
Berlin Wall this November.
"The course pays tribute to the opening of the inner German border
with several crossings of the former frontier strip," said organisers in
The 'Deutschland Tour' returned to the cycling calendar in 2018 after
a ten-year absence and last year's race was won by Slovenia's Matej
Last year's Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas finished in the
peloton and the Welshman's presence boosted the Tour of Germany's
profile on its return.
Each of the four stages this year offers opportunities for sprinters
and climbers, especially around the Harz mountain range in Thuringia on
the first day.
"After our successful return last year, we wanted four classic stages
again," said former elite-level cyclist rider Fabian Wegmann, 38, the
Tour of Germany's sports director.
"The course favours both sprinters and aggressive 'punchers' (riders
who prefer rolling terrain), which will keep the race open to the last