1-3. July, Denmark, and Copenhagen will host the first three stages of the Tour de France. Stage 1 is a 13 km Time Trial in the world’s best cycling city, Copenhagen. Stage 2 is a 202 km stage from Roskilde passing the Great Belt Bridge for an epic finish in Nyborg. The 3rd stage is 182 km from the fiord town Vejle to Sønderborg. Together, the three stages form Grand Départ Copenhagen, Denmark.
Welcome to the start of the 109th edition of the Tour de France.
Welcome to a cycling nation covered in the colors of the Tour.
It is a perfect match: The Tour de France in Denmark is the meeting between the world’s greatest cycling race and one of the world’s best cycling nations. It is the meeting between professional cycling, and everyday cycling. With the three stages in Denmark, both the tour-riders and the everyday cycling heroes are celebrated – and the whole world is invited.
“In Denmark, we love cycling – it is part of our DNA. So, it is with great pleasure we welcome the Tour de France. Across the country, and in the cities along the Danish stages, our streets are decorated in the tour-colors. It is fantastic: We gather for a huge celebration and display our beautiful cycling country to the entire world,” says Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and Chairman of the Board of Grand Départ Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tour fans from near and far will have a unique experience. For the first time, an entire country is hosting a tour-start. The Danish Grand Départ includes three stages, five start and finish cities and eight parcours municipalities. Along the stages hundreds of thousands of spectators will pay tribute to the race, the riders – and streets, squares and fields will be filled with decorations and land-art celebrating the Tour.
“I think it is great that Denmark hosts one of the world’s biggest sporting events. It creates business for our hotels, and it provides guests to our many restaurants. The Tour de France is a festive celebration of cycling for the Danes. We can enjoy the riders’ journey through our yellow fields, historic cities, and local sights. In addition, the world will have its eyes on Denmark,” says Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Simon Kollerup.
The team presentation in Denmark will also be memorable. It starts on Wednesday 29th of June from 17.45 in the streets of Copenhagen, where the tour riders will cycle 1.5 km through the streets of Copenhagen before entering Tivoli for a live TV show with world-class entertainment.
“It is a great honor to bring the Tour de France to Denmark. The Tour de France and Denmark are truly a perfect match. One of the best cycling nations in the world welcomes the greatest cycling race in the world. I cannot wait to share the three exciting stages in Denmark and the unique Danish passion for everyday biking with cycling fans from all over world “, says race director, Christian Prudhomme.