The Deutschland Tour will be making a stop and a start in Neuss, Germany this year - and the city hopes for a visit from the Tour de France at some point in the future. On Thursday, September 4, the seventh stage of the Deutschland Tour will end in Neuss, and the eighth stage will start there the next day.
"The contracts have been signed," city spokesman Hans Mietzen told the Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung. The city's financing for the stages has been assured. But there are financial benefits to the city as well - the race organiser has booked 45,000 Euro worth of hotel rooms.
Neuss, a suburb of Düsseldorf, is not content to stop with just the Deutschland Tour. It has its eyes on a future Tour de France, and to that end, TdF race director Christian Prudhomme will be in Neuss this September, to see how the city celebrates cycling.