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6 stages through 3 countries – with the whole world´s elite

From the King’s Nytorv in Copenhagen via the beautiful west coast of Sweden to Norwegian mountains and flatland to the finish in Halden. Nearly 1.000 kilometres, 6 stages in 6 days, the whole world´s elite riding, TV-coverage worldwide, and national professional teams. Tour of Scandinavia (Battle of the North) is the big news for cycling fans in Scandinavia. The new World Tour-race staged from 9th through the 14th of August.

Finally, the time has come for the by far biggest cycling race for women in Scandinavia. All the best in the world are expected to be on the starting line in the heart of Copenhagen for the first edition on August the 9th. This is the first ever World Tour-race for ladies in Denmark and the interest is great in the country that has produced some of the world´s best female riders. The race is tightening the bands between the three countries.
Women’s cycling is expanding; world-class riders like Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, FDJ, Emma Norsgaard Bjerg, Movistar, and the former world champion Amalie Dideriksen, Trek-Segafredo, are just some of the top names that Denmark can offer.

The Danish Cycling Federation, DCU, is looking forward to the big stage race. The president of DCU, Henrik Jess Jensen, says: “The development and level of the Danish female riders today has never been higher. As a nation, we were no. three in 2021 on the women’s world rankings. We who love cycling deserve to see the world elite in Denmark. We have been working on this since 2016. Amalie Dideriksen crowned world champion in 2016, and now the dream has finally come true. The level in women’s cycling has also increased significantly with 15 World Tour teams and some of the season’s most exciting races. I hope that we can inspire even more girls and women to practice cycling in Denmark with this race.”

With strong partnerships and not least support from Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen, a fantastic first stage is thus planned, when the world’s best women riders meet, with a course from the start city Copenhagen to the destination city Helsingør, two historical cities forming the backdrop for the first stage.

The first stage of the race in Denmark is also welcomed by Sport Event Denmark, where Director Lars Lundov says: “Denmark is in the super league talking about cycling events. That is why it is all the more gratifying to add the Tour of Scandinavia to our event calendar. This year alone, Denmark will also stage The Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the recreational race Tour de Storebælt and MTB world marathon.”

Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen hopes to see the riders off in August: “It makes me very proud that Copenhagen will pave the way for the first stage of the race in Denmark. It will be fantastic in the world’s best cycling city. I am convinced that with our experience from the Tour de France, we can create the best setting for the race. I am also pleased that we can put a much-needed focus on women’s cycling and the many talented riders, who will inspire the spectators to bike themselves,” says Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen

Name change
The intention was to launch the new race under the name Battle of The North, but the name has been temporarily changed to Tour of Scandinavia with the subtitle Battle of The North. The reason for this is the war in Ukraine which has changed the world situation since the planning of this race started.

“We have spent several years building the brand “Battle of The North”, and significant resources have been invested in advance of the launch, but we do not want to use a name that can be linked to war as the world now appears. In respect with everyone who suffers as a result of the terrible war in Ukraine, we so far brand the riding concept as “Tour of Scandinavia” and tone down the use of the name Battle of The North,” says general director Roy Moberg, one of the men behind this new race.

In the heart of Copenhagen
The race is built on the experiences and the people from the Ladies Tour of Norway, but it starts from the King’s Nytorv in Copenhagen, Denmark with the first stage crossing back and forth northbound on the island of Zealand to the finish in Helsingør.

This is followed by a longer transport to the beautiful island Orust north of Gothenburg in Sweden. The Swedish stage takes the peloton north to the border city Strömstad. It’s partly following the Swedish west coast, one of the most popular holiday areas in the country. The riders will go through some of the famous holiday resorts at the coast.

The world’s best are coming
Last year the Olympic TT-champion Annemiek van Vleuten from Movistar won the LToN with a final attack on the climb to Norefjell. Earlier editions have been dominated by the Dutch superstar Marianne Vos, Jumbo-Visma who has been the big star on the Norwegian roads.

This year the organizers hope that both Danish, Swedish and Norwegian ladies also will play a part in the Tour of Scandinavia.

Denmark has several top riders looking forward to the first edition. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, FDJ, Emma Norsgaard, Movistar and the former world champion Amalie Dideriksen, Trek-Segafredo are only some of the top names from Denmark.

Sweden is hoping that Emilia Fahlin, FDJ is back in top form. The former 4th at the Worlds loves to ride on home soil. Beside this Sweden has some other young, promising riders.

It’s also very exciting with the new Norwegian World Team Uno-X with riders from all the three countries. Together with Team Coop-Hitec Products they attract local interest. And of course there are also several Norwegian professionals in different international teams.

The organizer is also working on having the national teams from Denmark and Norway at the start. In total, the race will have 21 teams with 6 riders in each.

News at the internet
With the launch of Tour of Scandinavia, the organizers are also launching a new homepage for the race.
You will find it here: www.tourofscandinavia.eu.

The social medias are very important for all races today and therefore Tour of Scandinavia is also launching new accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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