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Tour de France to start in Copenhagen in 2021

Three-day Danish Grand Depart will see race start on a Friday to allow an extra rest day for transfer to France

The 108th edition of the Tour de France in 2021 will start in Denmark, according to press reports in the Scandinavian country and by media outlets in France.

It will be the first time Denmark has hosted the Tour de France, and the most northerly Grand Depart yet for cycling’s biggest race.

The country has hosted two major road cycling events in recent years, with the UCI Road World Championships in 2011, where Mark Cavendish won the rainbow jersey, followed by the opening three days of the Giro d’Italia in 2012.

As with the visit of the Italian race seven years ago, the 2021 Grand Depart will comprise three stages with racing commencing on the Friday to allow an extra rest day on the Monday for the long transfer back to France.

According to press reports in Denmark, the opening stage will be a 13-kilometre individual time trial in Copenhagen.

That will be followed by a 150-kilometre stage from Roskilde to Nyborg, then a 170-kilometre stage starting in Vejle and finishing in Sonderborg.

Confirmation of the Danish Grand Depart has not been made on the Tour de France website as yet, but media sources in France have quoted race director Christian Prudhomme as saying that the 2021 edition will begin in Denmark.

This year’s Tour de France will start in the Belgian capital Brussels, while the 2020 Grand Depart has been awarded to Nice on the Cote d’Azur.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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