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Deutschland Tour Discussion
Deutschland Tour


Hello everyone and welcome to the 13th edition of the Deutschland Tour! This race had first featured on the MG calendar in 2007 and has been present ever since. As last year it falls in the PTHC category of MG races, meaning we will see a combination of the best PT and PCT TTers and sprinters.

Despite 4/5 stages being flat, bonus seconds on the finish line are only afforded to the top 3 finishers. Thus making this a race where the strongest TTers should compete for the overall victory. Let's take a look at the contenders.

GC favourites

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Coppel828276pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka828274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Vlatos818172pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/t3a.png Sergent808079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Van Winden808074pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ebd.png Howson808071
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Sütterlin808071pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich808070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rpn.png Gonzalez Salas808070pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ebd.png Lammertink807974
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/afk.png Kwok797976pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Brändle797975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Dempster797974pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Cornu797973
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Haugard797972pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/t3a.png Hepburn797971
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Mottin797969pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Leung788273

Last years winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Jerome Coppel is back to defend his title. He is the strongest and most complete time trialist on the startlist, but given the profiles of the stage it does not look likely that other skills besides time trialing will be required to win this race. The climbs that are on the menu are always in the first halves of stage, leading to long flat finishes. Crosswinds might play a factor so having good ability on the flat might be beneficial.
The Frenchman's main competitor should on paper be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rpn.png Marlen Zmorka, who can match Coppel with his time trialing ability. Next in line is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Vlatos who is the worst of the three on climbs and flat road, but boasts an impressive ability to ride against the clock.
After that we have a host of riders with similar abilities like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/t3a.png Sergent,pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Van Winden, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ebd.png Howson,pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Sütterlin, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich and
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rpn.png Gonzalez Salas. On a good day they all have the potential to challenge for the podium.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Coquard848373717466
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Ahlstrand838274747367
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/t3a.png Ewan838175737171
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/afk.png Kennaugh828177747165
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Cavendish828072737064
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Guardini808272746964
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Vesely818073746868
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Zabel817974747069
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Vanderbiest827774746964
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Kupfernagel808074736664
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eav.png Afewerki798073777063
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ebd.png Van Poppel817872747164
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Appollonio817874716666
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Hayakawa797973756865

Now we get to the sprinters and we see Festina also came here with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Bryan Coquard. No one can match his top speed, while he is also a strong enough rider to reach the final km's in good shape. After Coquard we have another five top notch sprinters in the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Ahlstrand, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/t3a.png Ewan, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/afk.png Kennaugh, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Cavendish and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Guardini. Kennaugh might be the best bet to upset the others with his strong ability on the flat.
The rest of the contenders are very similar in terms of their skills. A special mention perhaps for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eav.png Afewerki who doesn't have the best top speed, but shouldn't have any problems handling the long days in the saddle.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Ponzi7684727780
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/akm.png Oss7874757674
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Brockhoff7970767473
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Jans7674737474
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eav.png Kneisky7967757671
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Wackermann7474747472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ebd.png Lammertink7476737569
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/t3a.png Novardianto7568777078
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png van Zyl7474747466

And finally we have what I call the wildcards. A collection of rouleurs and puncheurs, all strong riders that may try to attack the KOM jersey or surprise the sprinters from the breakaway. Headlining this list is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Simone Ponzi, one of the puncheurs in the entire peloton. He can basically do anything. Ride on the flat, explode over the hills, has the stamina for a long ride and even a sprint to the line if needed.
A similar do it all rider is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/akm.png Oss, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia's duo of Brockhoff and Jans are both good on the flat and while they aren't good climbers, they shouldn't have a problem getting over the hüpsers on this parcours. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eav.png Morgan Kneisky has a good ability to time trial so he might be gunning for a GC result, but he is still a danger to the sprinters with his attacking style and being one of the most powerful riders on the flat.

Full startlist:

VeselyDanielAegon - Lavazza
SbaragliKristianAegon - Lavazza
DumoulinTomAegon - Lavazza
BauhausPhilAegon - Lavazza
ThurauBjornAegon - Lavazza
FrisonFrederikAegon - Lavazza
SendekuGetachewAegon - Lavazza
DlaminiNicholasAegon - Lavazza
KennaughPeterAir France - KLM
KwokHo-TingAir France - KLM
BernaudeauMathieuAir France - KLM
MartinGuillaumeAir France - KLM
AndersenMichael ValgrenAir France - KLM
SeigleRomanAir France - KLM
VangstadAndreasAker - MOT
OssDanielAker - MOT
HaddiSoufianeAker - MOT
HoBurrAker - MOT
SilvaNihalAker - MOT
JacobsenTormodAker - MOT
YzeirajMarildoAker - MOT
GjolbergAdrianAker - MOT
KipIsmaelAndorra Cycling Project
MottinHuguesAndorra Cycling Project
ColbrelliSonnyAndorra Cycling Project
NovakDomenAndorra Cycling Project
TzortzakisGeorgosAndorra Cycling Project
RoperoLluisAndorra Cycling Project
CabanasOscarAndorra Cycling Project
LaizerRichard LaningoAndorra Cycling Project
KupfernagelDaniloBerg Cycles
PortelaMarcioBerg Cycles
RodriguesVitorBerg Cycles
AntunesAmaroBerg Cycles
VilelaRicardoBerg Cycles
FernandesJoseBerg Cycles
KiskonenSiimBerg Cycles
CrasSteffBerg Cycles
FerreiraRicardoCampari/Asahi development
KadriBlelCampari/Asahi development
FiorelliFilippoCampari/Asahi development
ChristianMarkCampari/Asahi development
JungHa JeonCampari/Asahi development
KoishiYumaCampari/Asahi development
PetilliSimoneCampari/Asahi development
MatsumotoYosukueCampari/Asahi development
AppollonioDavideCarlsberg - Danske Bank
SinkeldamRamonCarlsberg - Danske Bank
KvistThomas VedelCarlsberg - Danske Bank
OstergaardNikiCarlsberg - Danske bank
AsgreenKasperCarlsberg - Danske Bank
GregaardJonasCarlsberg - Danske Bank
ResellErik NordsaeterCarlsberg - Danske Bank
BelevicsArtursCarlsberg - Danske Bank
CoppelJeromeCarrefour - ESPN
VanderbiestRomainCarrefour - ESPN
NolfFrederikCarrefour - ESPN
LiWen HaoCarrefour - ESPN
BerczPatrickCarrefour - ESPN
SchornDanielCarrefour - ESPN
TivaniGerman NicolasCarrefour - ESPN
BanaszekAlanCarrefour - ESPN
AfewerkiEliasEA Vesuvio
JungelsBobEA Vesuvio
KneiskyMorganEA Vesuvio
GesbertElieEA Vesuvio
BaxSjoerdEA Vesuvio
PelikanJanosEA Vesuvio
RucigajZigaEA Vesuvio
ArslanovIldarEA Vesuvio
Van PoppelDannyeBuddy
PonziSimoneFablok - Bank BGZ
GuardiniAndreaFablok - Bank BGZ
StepniakGrzegorzFablok - Bank BGZ
CohenNoamFablok - Bank BGZ
HaceckyVojtechFablok - Bank BGZ
RumacJosipFablok - Bank BGZ
MarinGabrielFablok - Bank BGZ
StimulakKlemenFablok - Bank BGZ
CoquardBryanFestina - OAKA
VlatosPanagiotisFestina - OAKA
WeberSaschaFestina - OAKA
KastrantasCharalampasFestina - OAKA
IoannidisNikolaosFestina - OAKA
BarbierRudyFestina - OAKA
MancusoSalvatoreFestina - OAKA
MavrikakisMichailFestina - OAKA
JansRoyIberia - Team Degenkolb
BrockhoffJanIberia - Team Degenkolb
Gallego MartinJuan AbenhamarIberia - Team Degenkolb
PhilipsenJasperIberia - Team Degenkolb
GoossensKobeIberia - Team Degenkolb
TaminiauxLionelIberia - Team Degenkolb
PaasschensMathijsIberia - Team Degenkolb
SiddikovDilmurdjonIberia - Team Degenkolb
CavendishMarkKraftwerk Man Machine
SchädlichLucasKraftwerk Man Machine
KrederWesleyKraftwerk Man Machine
WillwohlWilliKraftwerk Man Machine
De VreeseLaurensKraftwerk Man Machine
WalslebenMaxKraftwerk Man Machine
van ZylJohannKraftwerk Man Machine
GrellierFabienKraftwerk Man Machine
Janse van RensburgReinhardtMinions
EwanCalebPodium Ambition
NelsonRickiPodium Ambition
SergentJessePodium Ambition
HepburnMichaelPodium Ambition
AlaphilippeJulianPodium Ambition
PostlbergerLukasPodium Ambition
QuaadeRasmusPodium Ambition
NovardiantoJamalidinPodium Ambition
HayakawaTomohiroRakuten Pro Cycling
CostagliTeodoroRakuten Pro Cycling
CheungKing Lok Rakuten Pro Cycling
ArashiroYudaiRakuten Pro Cycling
ZhaoJingbiaoRakuten Pro Cycling
SalconeJacobRakuten Pro Cycling
LiuJiankunRakuten Pro Cycling
NonakaRyomaRakuten Pro Cycling
ZmorkaMarlenRepsol - Netflix
NovakJakubRepsol - Netflix
NizzoloGiacomoRepsol - Netflix
Gonzalez SalasMarioRepsol - Netflix
MoscaJacopoRepsol - Netflix
RosonJaimeRepsol - Netflix
TaillefourFabienRepsol - Netflix
DunbarEddieRepsol - Netflix
AreggerMarcelSauber Petronas Racing
SallehMohamed HarrifSauber Petronas Racing
MaccagliAndrea EnricoSauber Petronas Racing
ManoYuttanaSauber Petronas Racing
PuttiRiccardoSauber Petronas Racing
MisbahMushinSauber Petronas Racing
NoiaCarloSauber Petronas Racing
HibatullahJamalSauber Petronas Racing
BrändleMatthiasSPAR - Siam Cement
BouhanniNacerSPAR - Siam Cement
Van WindenDennisSPAR - Siam Cement
LeungChun WingSPAR - Siam Cement
AzmanMuhamad ZawawiSPAR - Siam Cement
ChhetriAjay PanditSPAR - Siam Cement
BudenieksKristapsSPAR - Siam Cement
EislersSandisSPAR - Siam Cement
SütterlinJashaTeam Puma - SAP
BevinPatrickTeam Puma - SAP
StüssiColinTeam Puma - SAP
PolittNilsTeam Puma - SAP
WackermannLucaTeam Puma - SAP
MadouasValentinTeam Puma - SAP
SpanopoulosIoannisTeam Puma - SAP
StorkFlorianTeam Puma - SAP
AhlstrandJonasVolvo acc. by Spotify
LudvigssonTobiasVolvo acc. by Spotify
RoelandtsJurgenVolvo acc. by Spotify
HaugardPhan AgeVolvo acc. by Spotify
CampenaertsVictorVolvo acc. by Spotify
TillerRasmusVolvo acc. by Spotify
HalvorsenKristofferVolvo acc. by Spotify
ErikssonLucasVolvo acc. by Spotify
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2 stagewins and top 5 in the GC should be the obvious result for us, but I doubt we will get anything. Vlatos have been crap all season in flat/hill stages, and thus shouldn’t contend the GC, and Coquard have been crap in the sprints.

This will be the race where barring some horrible luck SPAR and Repsol should combine to relegate us. Got to keep up our streak of alternating promotion and relegation since 2014 going Pfft
Loving Jams thrown in as a wildcard - he'll be serving Ewan as usual, but maybe he takes an extra couple of metres off the front of the sprint train and we see what happens... Pfft
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No mention of us in the preview, but I hope Janse van Rensburg can once again salvage a decent result, he has helped us to some decent points lately.
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Home race for Kraftwerk.

Want to see Schädlich pay more attention after loosing 2 mins on the final stage last year to drop out of GC point scoring.

Cav should be in the mix on the sprint stages, fingers crossed he can get on the podium at least once.

Would be nice to see van Zyl in a break.

Thanks for the preview redordead
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One stage for Ahlstrand and the rest outside top 10 maybe what I can expect...
I think my competitors in the relegation fight might have gotten a little too scared with our Tour of America performance. Rest assured, most of our remaining racedays look like this - places where we are completely outclassed and are likely to have a zero pointer.

Can't see us doing anything here except in the extremely unlikely chance that we gain time from a break, which I do not see happening.
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Hoping to score some points. Its a weaker team for us here, but I think we can do well in the TT to atleast get a Top 20 in the GC.
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Very nice preview! Smile There's not much to say about my team here. Surprise me, Vangstad! Grin

A top 25 will be decent looking at the startlist, but I guess it all comes down to daily form on the TT day. Though, it would be cool if we see some echelons or different ways to create gaps on the flat stages.
Zmorka has to win this win if we want to have a chance to not relegate this season. As simple as that. And Gonzalez Salas needs to not get dropped on the flat stages, likely impossible seeing S2 and S5, but if he could get a GC Top10 it would be so important for us.

Brought Novak here too for the Team Standings, we need to get every possible point, same with Dunbar on U25
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Hoping for a decent appearance from Dempster and Cornu, but it's hard to expect anything noteworthy really.

Looking forward to the reports though. Thanks for the preview!
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We've brought Sallah, Aregger, Maccagli and the youngsters so no real expectations here.

Unfortunately the reigning U23 WITT champion isn't strong enough to feature in the preview so I really can't expect him to do well on the GC.
Could really use another big race from Coppel. A bit worried that he wont have any hills to get advantages over the other pure Timetrialists. Overall though, not too high of expectations, lowkey have this sinking feeling that a breakaway rider is going to steal the race at somepoint.
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What happens with this race? Already 4 days since the preview was posted
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One of the weakest squads I have all season.

Vesely still could go for a stage win here with support of Sbaragli/Bauhaus while Dumoulin/Frison would need a very good day in the TT for a proper GC. More likely top25 maximum.
Here's hoping my TT riders don't get dropped in the second stage or even the last one.
Brockhoff leads the team for the very first time, but everything better than zero pointer would be nice surprise.

Great preview, hopefully reports will come soon.
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