The greatest cycling race in the world will meet the best cycling city in the world, as Copenhagen has won its bid to host the Grand Départ of the 2021 edition of the Tour de France.
Almost half of the city’s locals cycle to work and school via 379km of designated cycling paths.
Race director Christian Prudhomme is excited about Denmark being elected as host for the Grand Depart predicts 198 top athletes will battle for the Tour de France yellow jersey in central Copenhagen in 2021.
“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 best city in the world for every day cycling. The Grand Départ Copenhague – Danemark 2021 is the ‘rendez-vous’ to celebrate the mutual inspiration between every day cycling and professional cycling,” said Prudhomme.
“Biking is a vital part of the lifestyle in Copenhagen where bikes actually outnumber cars. Copenhagen is a true bike and a top event city – ranking Number 8 at Sportscal’s Global Sports Cities Index. Copenhagen is, therefore, the perfect place for a Grand Départ, and we are looking forward to welcoming the world of existing and going-to-be bike enthusiasts to our city,” said CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen, Mikkel Aarø-Hansen.
On the 2, 3 and 4 July 2021, Denmark will host the first three stages of the Tour de France under the headline ‘Grand Départ Copenhagen – Denmark’.
The opening stage, the Grand Départ, will feature a 13km time trial in central Copenhagen.
The following two stages will pass along the coast, through historic cities and across bridges, traversing varied landscapes throughout Denmark.
The second Danish stage will feature a 190km route from Roskilde to Nyborg across the Great Belt Bridge. The third stage will be an 170km route from Vejle to Sønderborg on 4 July.
Over the past year Copenhagen has hosted a plethora of events. This includef Ice Hockey World Championship, the World Men’s Handball Championships and Red Bull Cliff diving from the Opera House into the harbour basin.
UEFA has chosen the Danish Capital as one of the 13 European host cities for next year’s European Football Championship and Copenhagen will also host the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships and the 2023 Badminton World Championships.
Denmark officially submitted its bid for a Grand Départ two and a half years ago. Along the way, both the Royal Family, the Government, municipalities and regions, Wonderful Copenhagen, and Sport Event Denmark have been focused on getting the race to Denmark.