Tomorrow is the day. Tour start in Germany! I am happy to be part of it and proud of what we have accomplished in the last years. The Tour starts in Germany and it is the most important cycling event in the world. German cyclists enjoy a very good reputation. We have achieved major successes and many young pros have moved up to the highest level. And: the fans are still the best. At the German championships, the mood was overwhelming and heir in Düsseldorf at the presentation yesterday we were celebrated like rock stars. Those were really goose-bump moments. And we want more!
At tomorrow’s prologue I expect it to be decided by seconds. The distance is relatively short. I am in good form and ready to fight for the yellow jersey. A victory in front of my homeland public would of course be unbelievable. I am happy that it is finally starting. I roll down the ramp at 18:20.