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Crosswinds and time-trial headline Copenhagen 2021 Tour de France start

Joe Robinson
4 Feb 2020

Stage 2 crosses the 18km-long Great Belt bridge while the race opens with a city time trial

Organisers have confirmed a punchy city time-trial start and the threat of crosswinds at next year's Tour de France Grand Depart in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ASO presented the route for the opening three stages of the 2021 Tour which will see Denmark host its first-ever Tour de France stages.

Copenhagen will be the official host city of the Grand Depart and kick off proceedings on Friday 2nd July 2021 with a technical 13km individual time-trial through its 'bike-loving city centre', as Christian Prudhomme described it.

This opening day for the testers will then be followed by two largely-flat stages out into the Danish countryside.

Stage 2 on the Saturday will take the peloton on a 199km route from Roskilde to Nyborg, which includes a full 18km across the Great Belt Bridge that connects Zealand and Funen. Exposed, this 18km stretch almost guarantees the opportunity for crosswinds close to the finish line.

A day later, Sunday will see Stage 3 cover a slightly hillier 182km between Vejle to Sonderberg that will present a second-consecutive opportunity for the sprinters.

Prudhomme spoke of the route launch, stating it was pleasing to see the Tour debut in a city that is bike-friendly and showcase brand new scenery.

'Copenhagen is a city that breathes cycling,' Prudhomme said at the announcement. 'It is fantastic to be able to start the Tour here. The first three stages will be able to extensively visualise the beauty of the landscapes in Denmark.'

This year's Grand Depart will take place in Nice on Saturday 27th June.

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