The starting ramp is in front of the Düsseldorf Messe.
The riders take off on the east side of the Rhine to head south-east. Near the Tonhalle they cross the river for a short section on the left bank before the Rheinkniebrücke takes them to the Königsallee, a famous shopping boulevard. Via the Tonhalle they storm in the opposite direction, once again along the Rhine, back to the Messe.
The 13 kilometres ITT is an entirely flat course on wide avenues. Perfect for the likes of Tony Martin.
The renowned electronic music band Kraftwerk hailed from Düsseldorf. In 2003 they released an album called Tour de France, which was recorded for the 100th anniversary of La Grande Boucle.