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Mothballed since 2008, the Tour of Germany is to be given a makeover and relaunched by Tour de France organisers ASO in either 2017 or 2018.
Cycling Central

9 Mar 2016 - 8:08 AM 

Tour owners ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) and the German cycling federation (BDR) signed a joint 10-year agreement to relaunch the Deutschland Tour sometime in the next two years.

The agreement comes with the 2017 Tour de France set to start in the German city of Duesseldorf and the return of Tour de France coverage on mainstream German television after a three-year absence in a backlash to doping issues plaguing the sport.

“Germany has a strong economy, this new organization is good for cycling," said Lotto-Soudal's German sprinter Andre Greipel.

"It gives a chance to the smaller teams to race against the bigger teams and riders, this can only be an advantage for the quality and interest of the sport.

"Big steps are being set at this moment in what I call the 'comeback' of cycling in Germany.

"The German riders are performing well, the media shows a lot of interest, with Bora there’s a team with a long-term perspective, several sponsors with interests in Germany, like Soudal, engaged themselves and next year the Tour de France starts in Düsseldorf.

"I’m looking forward to be a representative for German cycling the next few years.” 

Details of the relaunched race are yet to be finalised.