Team Dimension Data head to Germany for the four day Deutschland Tour, a race that makes an exciting return to the calendar after a 10-year hiatus.
Day one looks to be a day for the sprinters and the 157km stage should end in a bunch sprint in Bonn. Mark Renshaw will look to be in the mix here particularly after a crash in the final kms of the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg thwarted his chances of contesting over the weekend.
Stage 2, the queen stage, and 3 include numerous climbs and will see the likes of Jacques Janse van Rensburg come to the fore. Stage four will see the race drawing to a close in the heart of Stuttgart.
Lining up alongside Reshaw and van Rensburg will be Bernie Eisel, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Jay Thomson and Scott Davies.
Mark Renshaw (AUS)
Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
Jay Thomson (RSA)
Scott Davies (GBR)
Mark Renshaw – Rider
The last time that I raced the Tour of Germany was in 2008, so it’s been a long time. I really enjoyed the race and it was big so it’s great to see its return to the calendar. In 2008 I had a few top 10s so I’d love to come back 10 years later and try and win a stage for the team.
It’s really exciting to be racing back here and hopefully we can see one or two bunch sprints and some good racing, looking forward to it. We’ve got a good team and hopefully some guys that can challenge for some victories on the harder stages as well.
201 years ago in the city of Manneheim close to the start of the final stage of the Deutschland Tour, Baron Karl von Drais took his newly invented Laufmaschine (running-machine) for a 14 kilometre ‘run’.
He excitedly reported it was twice walking speed “even directly after a strong rain,” and that, going downhill, “it is faster than a galloping horse”.
The precursor to the bicycle as we know it had been born out of the ‘Year Without a Summer’. In 1816 climate abnormalities resulted in major food shortages and the dearth of the horse.
It was the first two wheeled mode of transport, no pedals and braking was by means of ones feet. The concept of balancing on two wheels was distrusted since no one thought that people could balance for more than a few seconds on two wheels – riders of the Laufmaschine would rarely lift their feet for more than a second.
Drais’s invention had an immediate impact, and imitations appeared in Britain and America within the year, rebranded as “hobby-horses” and “velocipedes.”