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The Tour de France will start in Copenhagen in Denmark, but when?

Added: wednesday 25 January 2017 at 19:30:00
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    The Tour de France will start in Copenhagen in Denmark, but when?

    initially published on Monday 20 June 2016 at 9.50PM, updated on 25 January 2017 at 7.30PM
    A press release from Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), the organisor of the Tour de France, announced tonight that the city of Copenhagen in Denmark became a candidate to receive the Grand Départ of the Tour, with a 3 days long programme.

    Nothing's sure about whether this will become reality, but A.S.O. never before sent a press release about a candidate without making it happen in the end!

    Copenhagen's proposal

    The city of Copenhagen thus officially became a candidate, to organise the Grand Départ of the Tour de France somewhere between 2019 and 2021, in collaboration with its surrounding islands.

    • UPDATE 25 January 2017 at 7.30PM: early this afternoon, the Danish newspaper BT announced that the Tour de France won't start in Denmark in 2019. That's not a real surprise for us since you may have read on velowire.com since 22 May 2014 already (!!) that the Tour de France 2019 will most probably start in Brussels in Belgium!

      In any case, today's information indicates that Christian Prudhomme (director of the Tour de France and director of Cycling with A.S.O.) informed the Danish minister of Economics and Growth, Brian Mikkelsen, that the Tour de France 2019 will not start in Denmark. Indeed, the minister who contacted Prudhomme himself to ask for news about the country's candidacy we talk about in this article, indicated that Prudhomme is still very positive concerning the venue of the Tour de France in Denmark and that A.S.O. remains very enthusiastic about this candidacy, but that there are many requests coming from different countries in the world. In this context, Denmark is not on the planning for 2019 for A.S.O..

      This thus means that a Grand Départ in Denmark still remains possible for 2020 or 2021 and the Danish minister indicated about this that Denmark has a real chance - I'd say 75% - to have the Tour in 2020 or 2021. We'll continue to discuss with A.S.O. and Christian Prudhomme encourages us to continue. He didn't promise us anything, but the fact that he encourages us seems quite positive to me .
      In order to continue to show their own enthusiasm, the Danish organisers by the way plan to come visit Paris-Roubaix this year!

      For me this is yet another reason to think that the Tour de France 2019 could indeed start in Brussels!


    The programme of this Grand Départ would be as follows:

    - 1st stage: 10 km long time trial in Copenhagen
    - 2nd or 3rd stage: Copenhagen (?) > Odense
    - 2nd or 3rd stage: Copenhagen (?) > Sonderborg

    Christian Prudhomme, Frank Jensen and Troels Lund Poulsen - © A.S.O.Since these stages will cross several bridges, this will add an original side to this programme from a sports point of view: indeed, these first two stages in line will be exposed to the wind which will probably lead to the peloton breaking up in smaller groups.

    This programme proposal was official presented to A.S.O. and more specifically to Christian Prudhomme, the director of cycling at A.S.O. and director of the Tour de France by the Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, and the Danish Minister of Commerce, Troels Lund Poulsen, at the House of Denmark which has its balcony with a superb view on the usual finish of the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées!

    Without any pretention, Denmark presented its proposal with the title The greatest cycling race in the world meets the best cycling city in the world!

    For now, Christian Prudhomme simply declared: We are proud to receive Copenhagen's official candidature, which underlines the attraction that the Tour can have outside of France. Showcasing the Tour abroad also means showcasing France. Of course, it would be a huge challenge because it would be the most northern start in the Tour's history, but we well know that in addition to proudness there is some kind of reality in what A.S.O. plans for being a potential start of the Tour de France in the next few years! Concerning the distance, this shouldn't frighten off A.S.O. because the company already organises the Arctic Race of Norway.

    photos: © A.S.O.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Etant donné qu'il y a 1000 kilomètres entre Sonderborg et la frontière française, je pense qu'il s'agirait du premier Tour de France de l'histoire "moderne" avec 3 jours de repos, étant donné que le Giro se le permet de plus en plus.

    De plus sportivement parlant, même si ça avait pas trop mal marché en 2015, compter sur les bordures pour rendre une étape intéressante c'est jouer à pile ou face. De plus le Danemark est l'un des pays les moins hauts du monde, son point culminant n'étant qu'à 172 mètres d'altitude... Donc pour trouver un intérêt sportif hormis les sprints massifs, ça va être compliqué.

    | Linkinito | tuesday 21 June 2016 at 01:27:59

  2. Bonjour Linkinito, bonjour Thomas.

    Effectivement, je n'ai pas souvenir d'un communiqué officiel non suivi dans les années suivantes.

    "Tryptique" vendredi/samedi/dimanche avec un premier chrono tardif le vendredi ?
    2018 ? Ce serait le second clm. individuel court consécutif, inédit dans les schémas prudhommiens depuis 2007 ...

    Après le couac londonnien, ce communiqué "trouble" !

    Ciao.

    | André | tuesday 21 June 2016 at 10:29:34

  3. @Linkinito : le Danemark est certes un des pays les moins haut du monde, mais question vent il y a de quoi faire ! En témoigne le riche parc éolien du pays, principalement off-shore certes, mais puisque les ponts pour relier les différentes îles et péninsules seront utilisés, il y a de bonnes chances que le vent soit de la partie. La contrepartie c'est que bien sûr, il n'y aura de surprise pour personne et tout le monde voudra rester placé, mais ça risque de rendre les étapes très nerveuses et très rapides... augmentant de fait le risque de bordures.

    | Freddy | tuesday 21 June 2016 at 16:34:37

  4. Les étapes ont été données sur le site web de L'Equipe : http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Tour-de-france-copenhague-candidate-pour-accueillir-le-depart-entre-2019-et-2021/697232

    1/ Copenhague > Copenhague (C.L.M.)
    2/ Roskilde > Odense
    3/ Vejle > Sönderborg

    A noter que si ce parcours est officialisé un jour, le Tour de France passerait par la liaison du Grand Belt qui relie les îles de Seeland et de Fionie. Celle-ci est constituée de deux ponts de 6790 et 6611 mètres de long. A n'en pas douter de superbes images... et du vent qui pourrait disloquer le peloton.

    | arbisman | tuesday 21 June 2016 at 19:00:26

  5. Ca donnerait donc 1 CLM, une etape pour relier l'ile de Copenhague et Odense avec les ponts gigantesques au milieu, et une etape continentale sur la partie sud est de la peninsule jusqu'a la frontiere allemande.

    Hormis les risques de bordure ca rsque d'etre ch... a mourir.

    | Yoshi45 | wednesday 22 June 2016 at 00:52:13

  6. Geachte thomas,
    Wanneer is de voorstelling van de tour 2017? Blijkbaar gaat men in 2017 een bergtijdrit rijden met aankomst op de col d"izoard, is er in die omgeving nog niets meer geweten, vooral wat betreft de bergritten? Alvast bedankt voor uw antwoord en achtingsvolle groeten.

    | marcel van londerzeele | wednesday 27 July 2016 at 16:44:41

  7. D'après le Pays d'Auge, Cabourg est candidate pour 2019.
    http://www.lepaysdauge.fr/2016/07/06/comme-lisieux-cabourg-est-candidate-au-tour-de-france/

    | OlivierT77 | sunday 11 September 2016 at 18:22:53

  8. Zeer eigenaardig is het feit dat vandaag Gazet van Antwerpen een bericht geeft dat Noorwegen zich terug trekt. zij geeft aan dat Brussel eventueel kandidaat is.

    | Keulkemans Jean | thursday 26 January 2017 at 10:46:08

  9. @Jean #8, het artikel op de site van GVA heeft zo'n beetje dezelfde strekking als wat u in dit artikel kunt vinden.

    De informatie hier is toch echt juist: A.S.O. heeft de Deense organisatoren laten weten dat de Tour niet in 2019 naar Denemarken komt. De opmerking dat vele andere landen graag de start willen hebben lijkt een verdekte verwijzing naar Brussel te zijn ...

    | Thomas Vergouwen | thursday 26 January 2017 at 11:07:12

  10. En complément de arbisman, il faut noter que Vejle accueille chaque année une étape du Tour du Danemark avec une arrivée en bosse (victoire de Valgren en 2016). Dommage donc que les danois souhaitent y tenir un départ plutôt qu'une arrivée car ça compléterait bien les 2 étapes précédentes sur le plan sportif.

    | batman | wednesday 01 February 2017 at 21:35:31

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