Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, announced today that the Grand Depart for the 2021 edition will take place in Copenhagen, marking the first time the French Grand Tour started in Denmark.
“In Copenhagen there are more bicycles than people can see,” says Prudhomme. “It is the story of the biggest cycling race in the world and the largest cycling city in the world that meet.”
According to Prudhomme, the opening stage will be a 13-kilometer individual time trial in Copenhagen, followed by a 150-kilometer stage from Roskilde to Nyborg.
The third stage will be a 170-kilometer route starting in Vejle and finishing in Sonderborg.
Denmark has hosted two major road cycling events in recent years; namely, the UCI Road World Championships in 2011, where Mark Cavendish won the rainbow jersey, followed by the opening three days of the Giro d’Italia in 2012.
Organizers for the Tour de France are expected to make a formal announcement in the coming days.
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