Düsseldorf one step closer to hosting 2017 Tour de France Grand Départ

The German city is close to taking over the Tour start for 2017 after London pulled out of hosting the race

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Düsseldorf moved closer to hosting the start of the 2017 Tour de France when the city voted in a narrow 40-39 vote yesterday to bid for the Grand Tour. If successful, it would be the first time for Germany to see off the race since West Berlin in 1987.

The vote puts the fashion and art city on the Rhine River in pole position for the 2017 Tour start. London, after beating out Edinburgh and Manchester to host the Grand Départ, pulled its bid in September.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.