Copenhagen makes its case to host the Tour de France Grand Départ

Officials from the Danish capital visited Paris to present Christian Prudhomme and ASO with their plans for a Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen. Photo: GuoJunjun Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0

Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark, has put a bid in to host a future Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The Scandinavian country has form for hosting Grand Tour stages, following its start of the 2012 Giro d'Italia in Herning.

Following the success of recent foreign Grand Départs – particularly Yorkshire and Utrecht – cities and countries are more keen than ever to welcome the opening stages of the Tour. Copenhagen has formally expressed its wish to host the Grand Départ between 2019 and 2021.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.