Denmark takes possession of the Grand Départ Trophy of the Tour de France
The Danish cities that will launch the Tour de France next year have received the Grand Départ Trophy.
Lars Weiss, president of Grand Départ Copenhagen Denmark, received the trophy during the victory ceremony of the 108th Tour de France on Sunday July 18 by the race director Christian Prudhomme and the Brittany region.
Brittany stepped in to open this year’s race when Denmark pulled out due to complications from COVID-19.
The first three stages of the 2022 edition of the Tour de France must now take place in Denmark.
The first stage is a 13 kilometer individual time trial in the capital Copenhagen.
For the second, runners will venture out of town for a 199 km journey through picturesque landscapes from Roskilde to Nyborg.
The final route in Denmark is an 182 km stage from Vejle to Sønderborg, which begins on hilly terrain before the route takes the riders to southern Denmark.
“The next time the world’s biggest cycling race starts it will be in Denmark,” said Weiss enthusiastically.
“It’s so amazing!
“From now on, millions of tour fans will look to Denmark for the next tour departure.
“I can’t wait to show our cycling country in 2022 – it will be a celebration for all of Denmark and for cycling fans around the world,” Weiss said.
Nine out of 10 people in Denmark own a bicycle, and Danes travel an average of 1.6 km per day.
From August, the Grand Départ Trophy will travel across Denmark on a yellow cargo bike.
The trophy will visit the five start or finish cities as part of a Tour de France exhibition.
It will start in Sønderborg on August 17 and end in Copenhagen in March 2022.
The Tour de France route changes every year and since the 1970s it has been common practice to attribute the Grand Départ – the start of the race – to sites outside of France.
It is a way to increase international interest in competition and cycling.
Slovenian Tadej Pogačar won this year’s race, with a Dane – Jonas Vingegaard – second overall.