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Trans Germany adds best climber classification

The Trans Germany is adding a best climber classification, to be marked with a green jersey, for this year's race on June 21-27. During the multi-day stage race from Erbach im Odenwald to the health resort of Seiffen, six mountain sprints will be scored to determine the winner of the classification.

In previous years, a green jersey was awarded to the fastest racers to the top of a single climb, the Doebraberg. This year, the Spessart, Fichtelberg, Dolmar, Kreuzberg and Rennsteig will also count toward the expanded ranking.

"We are proud to extend the battle of the Green Jersey and are looking forward to some enthralling duels for the 'king of mountain' crown," said project manager Christian Stephan. "The separate timing for the mountain sprints enables all participants to compete with the international pros in the additional category regardless of their placing in the starter field or over the full distance."

Times will be measured from the start to the finish of each climb in the classification with points awarded according to each rider's time in relation to the best time.

The race will also provide GPS-tracking of participants thanks to a new partnership with Garmin.

For more information on the Trans German, visit www.bike-transgermany.de.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.