This year, the Freistaat Thüringen is expanding its commitment to the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour, thereby supporting women’s cycling in a new dimension. The 35th edition of the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour – also known as the women’s Thüringen Tour – is scheduled for May 23rd to 28th 2023. The intensified partnership between the Freistaat Thüringen and the organisers of the tour will be documented in a presentation tent during the Luge World Championships in Oberhof (January 23rd to 29th) and the Biathlon World Championships in Oberhof (February 8th to 19th).
“Thüringen has long been a good address as a strong cycling country, with names like Kristina Vogel, Lisa Klein and Marcel Kittel standing for it. With the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour, the state government supports one of the largest, well-known, most traditional and top-class road cycling races for women in Europe. We wish the organisers continued successful preparations and interesting stage locations for the tour with many spectators.”Bodo Ramelow, Freistaat Thüringen prime minister
“We are extremely happy and at the same time proud of the commitment of the Freistaat Thüringen to support our tour this year more financially than before. We also see in the support a great appreciation for the work of our numerous volunteers, who have done mostly on a voluntary basis over many years, who have made the Thüringen Tour so distinctive and a flagship of cycling in Thüringen and Germany.
We will use the funds specifically to equip the race, but we also see the urgent need to improve our staff, safety, equipment and TV presence in order to continue to play an important role in the steadily growing professional cycling sport for women can.”Vera Hohlfeld, Tour director of the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour
The most important and largest German women’s stage race this year is once again in the second highest category of the UCI, in the Women’s ProSeries. Discussions with the stage locations are currently in the final phase, and the course of the tour will be published in the next few days and weeks. Parallel to the final preparations for the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour 2023, talks and plans are already underway to make the leap into the Women’s World Tour with the Thüringen Tour 2024 – the highest category of women’s cycling. The overall victory at the 34th LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour went to the Australian Alexandra Manly, who later in the year won a bronze medal at the World Championships in her home country.