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Tour of Germany set for revival

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters
Josh Cunningham
8 Mar 2016

The Tour of Germany, or Deutschland Tour, is set to return under Tour de France organisers ASO within next two years

Tour de France organiser Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) has announced the relaunch of the Tour of Germany, which in a collaboration with BDR, the German cycling federation, will once again form part of the pro cycling calendar within the next two years.

The race was first held in 1911, before being run on-and-off until 1999, at which point it was held every year until its demise in 2009 - part of a German cycling implosion that, after many high profile doping scandals involving German riders, also saw TV coverage of the Tour totally absent in the country until last year. But with riders like Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb leading the charge of a new wave of German riders, as well as the 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart being awarded to Dusseldorf, it appears German cycling is undergoing somewhat of a resurgence. 

The collaboration between ASO and BDR only confirms this, and even more encouraging is that the deal is part of a long term operation to expand the sport in Germany. BDR President Rudolph Scharping and ASO general manager Yann Le Moënner have both released statements with talk of an ongoing ten-year plan involving both sporting and community-building aspects, with the initial re-launch due over the next two years. 

The announcement will no doubt have an impact on current discussions between ASO and the UCI regarding power control in the sport, with ASO currently warning that it will pull its races - presumably the Deutschland Tour now included - from top-tier WorldTour events. As well as their recent acquisition of the Tour of California from Medalist Sports, ASO is also chief organiser of the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Paris-Roubaix, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and sportive events such as L'Etape du Tour. Their newfound position in Germany, and the Deutschland Tour's history as a former top-tier event, are factors that can only strengthen the ASO hand. 

 

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