The International Rhineland -Palatinate Tour was an international, five-day cycling stage race through the state of Rhineland- Palatinate. It was during the years of discharge from 1966 to 2007 as one of the biggest sporting events in Rhineland- Palatinate. No other city was so often milestone of Rhineland-Palatinate Tour as Bad Marienberg (Westerwald ).
The tour was part of the UCI Europe Tour and was part of the new German Championship (TUI Cup). In the past, the race was held during the Vuelta a España in September. As of 2005, the classified in the category 2.1 race took place in May during the Giro d' Italia and just before the Tour of Catalonia because of the newly introduced UCI ProTour.
Since 1981, a mountain and a sprint classification were introduced. In 2007, the first time was a vote for the best young rider introduced (blue jersey).
As a result of doping in cycling, the Rheinland -Pfalz- tour in 2008 was canceled. The interior minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Karl Peter Bruch said that the country from 2008, no permit for the race ausstelle and no police will shut off. " The current level of doping allegations has prompted the state government to suspend the financing of the Rhineland -Palatinate Tour for 2008. We are forced to include this clear signal, "said fraction. Consequently, a host of the tour after 2008 is unlikely. Another setback in this regard is the resolution of the cleaning centrifugal association " International Rhineland -Palatinate Wheel Tour " which was performed on December 5, 2007. The official reason for this step are resulting cost savings.
Rhineland -Palatinate Tour 2005
The 40th Tour from 11th to May 15th, 2005 117 drivers were started from 19 nations. Start and finish was Koblenz. The total of 821 km were set back in five stages. In the year 2005 was, in contrast to the previous year, an individual time trial on the program. It was carried out with the fourth stage in Landau.
The tour was by Stefan Schumacher dominated until after the 4th stage positive for the stimulant Cathin was tested. Ultimately, he was acquitted of charges of doping, but was a time penalty of one percent punished ( 1:33 minutes) for violation of the UCI Anti - Doping Regulations, Article 259. He thus lost the overall title to Michael Rich and was third in the official classification.
In the overall sprint classification was Andre Greipel of Team Wiesenhof front, and the overall mountains classification was won by Swiss Roger Beuchat of the Barloworld team.
The only participating UCI ProTeam was the team Gerolsteiner. The other German ProTeam Team T -Mobile (TMO, Germany ) was not represented because of his participation in the Giro d' Italia.
More blasting UCI Professional Continental Teams (formerly GSII teams ) were AG2R Prévoyance ( A2R, France), Team Barloworld - Valsir (TBL, UK), Chocolate Jacques - T Interim ( JAC, Belgium), Ed ' system - ZVVZ (CDT, Czech Republic ), Intel - Action (ATI, Poland), Landbouwkrediet - Colnago (LAN, Belgium), MrBookmaker.com - Sportstech ( MRB, Belgium), Naturino - Sapore di Mare (NSM, Switzerland ), Shimano - Memory Corp. (SHM, the Netherlands) and the team Wiesenhof (AS, Germany ).
In addition, the UCI Continental Teams Team Akud Arnolds Sicherheit (WIN, Germany ), Team ComNet took - Senge (COM, Germany ), Team Lamonta (TLM, Germany ) and the German National Team U23 ( Germany ) participated.
Rhineland -Palatinate Tour 2006
The 41st Rheinland-Pfalz -wheel tour starts on 26 to 30 April 2006 and ends in Kaiserslautern.