Copenhagen will host the opening three stages of the 2021 Tour de France making it the most northerly Grand Depart in the race’s history, organizers confirmed on Thursday.
The move follows a trend of starting the Tour outside France with Brussels hosting this year’s Grand Depart, German city Dusseldorf having the honor in 2017 and Utrecht in the Netherlands launching the race in 2015.
Britain, in 2007 and 2014, also hosted the Grand Depart, as has Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland but this is the first time it will begin in Scandinavia.
Denmark will be the 10th country to host the start of the three-week Tour that finishes in Paris.
“The Danes set an outstanding example by making bicycles their leading means of transport in urban areas,” race director Christian Prudhomme said in a statement.
Published by “Reuters “