The 3-Länder Tour in Germany will be held shortly before the Road World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and claims itself as "the perfect preparation for the Worlds." Tour organizer Christian Bergemann announced Thursday that the race through the German states of Thüringen, Hessen and Baden-Württenberg will be held from September 19 to 23.
The race, which was formerly called the Hessen Tour, will feature a good starting field. "We will have the top teams at the start," Bergemann said, who recently returned from Australia where he negotiated with Bjarne Riis over an appearance by Team CSC. "The chances are good that, in addition to our German ProTour teams of T-mobile, Gerolsteiner and Milram, we will also have the other top international teams."
The tour route will be announced at a press conference in March.