The rebirth of German cycling
Cycling has remained popular in Germany during what could be described as the doldrum years following Jan Ullrich's doping scandal ten years ago and the subsequent collapse of T-Mobile, the de facto national team.
But a sceptical media, and particularly broadcasters who stopped showing the Tour de France live on mainstream television as a result of successive damaging doping scandals, means there's still some recovery work to be done.
The emergence of Marcel Kittel, a genuine star, and John Degenkolb and Andre Greipel's ability to win big races has helped, but it could be that Düsseldorf hosting the Grand Départ next summer, and the fact that the ASO-run Tour of Germany is set to return to the calendar, and possibly Bora-Argon18's elevation to World Tour status combines to give the sport the boost it needs.
This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at the fall and rise of German cycling with Kittel, Paul Voss and Ralph Denk.
Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Nederburg.