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Denmark will host the 2021 Tour de France Grand Depart

Jack Elton-Walters
21 Feb 2019

The Danish capital Copenhagen will be the site of the 2021 Grand Depart, plus Stages 2 and 3

After an unsuccessful attempt to get the Tour de France to visit this summer, Denmark's capital city Copenhagen will be the host of the 2021 Grand Depart. Copenhagen, known for its love of the bicycle and cycling-friendly infrastructure, will now be able to show its passion for a very different side of all things two-wheeled – cycling as a sport.

The 2021 edition of the Tour de France will start on Saturday 2nd July, and is set to kick off with a 13km time-trial around the city centre.

Stages 2 and 3 will also be based in Denmark, and will be used to showcase the country's coastlines and historic cities, as well as crossing plenty of bridges.

Stage 2 will cover a distance of 190km from Roskilde to Nyborg, with a trip across the Great Belt Bridge. The race's third and final day in Denmark is a 170km ride from Vejle to Sonderborg.

'Of course the Tour de France, with the best professional sports cyclists in the world, had to visit Denmark and Copenhagen – the best country and the city in the world for every day cycling,' explained Tour race director Christian Prudhomme.

'Of course the Tour de France, with the best professional sports cyclists in the world, had to visit Denmark and Copenhagen – the best country and the city in the world for every day cycling,' explained Tour race director Christian Prudhomme in announcing the news.

'The Grand Depart Copenhague - Danemark 2021 is the "rendez-vous" to celebrate the mutual inspiration between everyday cycling and professional cycling.'

The Grand Depart will officially be presented today, Thursday, in Denmark.

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