Initially published on 12 February 2017 at 5.41PM, updated on 15 February at 10.15AM
Usually, the Grand Départ of the Tour de France is announced in November/December in the year which precedes the announcement of the race route (which means one year and a half before the start of the event). For the Tour de France 2018 nothing had however been announced so far and the rumours were not very precise concerning the possible locations for this Grand Départ.
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!
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.
It's almost mid-January and the 2017 cycling season is thus about to begin, more particularly with the Santos Tour Down Under, as usual the first UCI WorldTour race of the year. This year it will take place from Tuesday 17 till Sunday 22 January 2017!