Denmark to bid for 2018 Tour de France start?

Danish authorities have a reported 90m Kroner to bid for the first three stages of the 2018 Tour de France

The Tour de France Grand Depart could be heading to Denmark in 2018 after reports surfaced that authorities in the country have a 90m Kroner war chest to bring the first three stages of the race to the country.

Denmark is no stranger to hosting large-scale cycling events, having welcomed the Giro d’Italia in 2012 and the UCI World Championships in 2011 – the race won by Mark Cavendish.

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The organising committee plans some spectacular racing, to show off the country’s landscapes, with prologue to kick things off in the capital Copenhagen.

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From there stage two would reportedly take in Roskilde and Odense, while stage three would feature Vejle and Sønderberg.

Denmark’s TV2 reports that Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme will visit the country next month to meet with prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, with the country considered to be a serious candidate.

The report also claims that should Denmark not win the bid to host the Tour in 2018, the money would still be available to bid for the 2019 and 2020 editions.