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2021 Tour de France Grand Départ in Denmark
« on: February 22, 2019, 07:27 »
It's official - Le Tour will come to Denmark! :win


Grand Depart 2021: to jump on the saddle in Copenhagen[1]

Denmark will become the tenth country to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2021. The first three stages of the 108th edition of the race will take place in Copenhagen and the southern part of the country. A hundred years after the inaugural edition of the (amateur) World Cycling Championships and a decade after hosting the Worlds for the sixth time, the Danish capital and most bicycle-friendly city in the world will set the scene for the most famous cycling race on Earth.

Copenhagen is home to more bicycles than people. The city that has integrated cycling into its daily life better than any other place in the world is a natural fit for the biggest cycling race on Earth. The Tour de France will head to Denmark in 2021 for the northernmost Grand Départ yet. A time trial through the heart of the Danish capital will kick off the race's Nordic adventure. The next stage will give riders and viewers alike the opportunity to discover the island of Zealand and take the 18 km Great Belt Bridge that will take them to Nyborg on the island of Funen. The visit to Denmark will come to an end on the Jutland peninsula on the mainland with a sprinter-friendly romp between Vejle and Sønderborg. A generation of riders such as Michael Valgren, Søren Kragh Andersen, Mads Pedersen and Magnus Cort Nielsen will fight for their chance on home turf.

Danish stages of the 2021 Tour de France:
Stage 1: Copenhagen (ITT), 13 km
Stage 2: Roskilde > Nyborg, 190 km
Stage 3: Vejle > Sønderborg, 170 km

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime minister of Denmark: "I am both very happy and very proud that the Tour de France is coming to Denmark. Denmark is one of the greatest cycling nations in the world, so to be able to welcome the best bike riders in the world and host the world's most iconic cycling race is an honour and a privilege. The Danes are more than ready to host one of the greatest sporting events in the world. I really look forward to the summer of 2021".

Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen: “It is a tremendous honour for Copenhagen to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2021: the best cycling city in the world welcomes the greatest cycling race in the world. The Grand Départ in 2021 will be the biggest sport event in Denmark ever. We will use this unique opportunity to celebrate the Tour de France and our unique bicycle culture with the rest of the world."

Rasmus Jarlov, Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs of Denmark: "I am very excited about getting the Tour de France to Denmark. This will be a huge celebration for all of Denmark and for cycling fans all over the world. And it will be a great opportunity for us to show to the world what Denmark has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery, historic sights, our unique cycling culture, our life style, smart city solutions and so much more. It is an amazing branding opportunity for Denmark and I very much look forward to July 2021."

Christian Prudhomme, Director of Tour de France: "The Tour de France is the biggest cycling race on Earth, but we still have much to learn! The Danes set an outstanding example by making bicycles their leading means of transport in urban areas. In Copenhagen, we will meet fans who acclaim the champions of world cycling. The energy that supporters and curious locals will channel to riders, followers and viewers of the Tour will most assuredly be a great source of inspiration to succeed in our greatest challenge: seeing the future on a bike."

https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1098569289475461122


Some thoughts of mine, copy-pasted from Twitter:
https://twitter.com/lukascph/status/1098837037917093889

Starting with an ITT in København was logical - they wanted to get the most out of the capital's sights.

The first road stage from Roskilde to Nyborg will feature the Great Belt Bridge that Prudhomme has apparently fallen in love with: https://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/manden_bag_tourstarten_om_prudhomme_han_har_vaeret_forelsket_i_den_bro_fra_foerste_gang_han_saa_den/

The second road stage will start in Vejle and go down Jutland (especially Sønderjylland) to Sønderborg. This makes sense logistically - motorway towards France starts right outside the city, and an airport from where riders etc. can fly to France is very close.

The exact routes aren't set yet, just the starts and finishes and the approximate stage lengths:
København ITT 13 km
Roskilde-Nyborg 190 km
Vejle-Sønderborg 170 km

The shortest distance between Roskilde and Nyborg is just over 100 km, so there is room for some detours. Passing through Tølløse, hometown of Mads Pedersen (and Michael Rasmussen), is almost obvious. Other towns on Sjælland (Holbæk, Kalundborg, Ringsted, Sorø, Slagelse, maybe even Næstved or Køge) will be interested in having the Tour pass through as well - the bidding war begins now! The final 30 km are clear, though: Across the Great Belt Bridge (please, please put a mountain sprint on Højbroen!) and possibly into Nyborg. In my opinion, the finish line should be inside the city itself - it's only ~4 km from the end of the bridge.

The second road stage from Vejle to Sønderborg will be around 170 km - you could get from Vejle to Sønderborg with ~115 km if you go the most direct route. Frederik Zeuner suggested passing the Jelling Monuments on the way: https://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/officielt_tour_de_france_starter_i_danmark_i_2021_1/
This would lengthen the shortest possible route to ~130 km, meaning that there isn't much wiggle room left. The finish will almost certainly be an uphill sprint on Dybbøl Banke next to the famous windmill and the museum to the 1864 war.
My personal dream is making a jump across the border to Flensburg (mountain sprint on Toosbüystraße?) and the run-in to Sønderborg along Flensborg Fjord. Time to call people who can call people ... :shh

I'll be back later with more detailed suggestions, especially for the stage to Sønderborg. Time to look at maps! :D
 1. source: https://www.letour.fr/en/news/2019/grand-depart-2021-to-jump-on-the-saddle-in-copenhagen/1276054
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    Re: 2021 Tour de France Grand Départ in Denmark
    « Reply #1 on: February 22, 2019, 12:14 »
    Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime minister of Denmark: "I am both very happy and very proud that the Tour de France is coming to Denmark. Denmark is one of the greatest cycling nations in the world, so to be able to welcome the best bike riders in the world and host the world's most iconic cycling race is an honour and a privilege. The Danes are more than ready to host one of the greatest sporting events in the world. I really look forward to the summer of 2021".

    Without any knowledge of Danish politics or whether he is a good or popular PM or one I would want to vote for, I was impressed when they were interviewing him at the Copenhagen 6 day event, on two separate nights, that he knew what he was talking about.  This does seem to be a general interest from a politician, rather than the usual pretence for the sake of being seen as a "man of the people." ("Was it Aston Villa or West Ham I said I liked? I only chose them because I would remember the claret")
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    Re: 2021 Tour de France Grand Départ in Denmark
    « Reply #2 on: February 22, 2019, 12:18 »
    Without any knowledge of Danish politics or whether he is a good or popular PM or one I would want to vote for, I was impressed when they were interviewing him at the Copenhagen 6 day event, on two separate nights, that he knew what he was talking about.  This does seem to be a general interest from a politician, rather than the usual pretence for the sake of being seen as a "man of the people." ("Was it Aston Villa or West Ham I said I liked? I only chose them because I would remember the claret")
    Lars Løkke is an avid cyclist himself. In the past, he has done (parts of) the Team Rynkeby fundraising ride from Denmark to Paris for the Tour finish, and he is often around bike races - out of a real interest in them, as you say. He genuinely enjoys the sport.

    I don't agree with much of his political stance, but he is a great advocate for cycling and probably played a big part in bringing the Tour to Denmark.
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