BERLIN (AFP) – Germany’s capital Berlin is set to bid to host the prologue of the Tour de France in either 2016 or 2017, it was confirmed on Monday.
“We will apply next year and we hope to receive the application documents soon,” Thomas Haertel, Berlin’s secretary of state for education, youth and sport, told SID, an AFP subsidiary.
Haertel met with the Tour’s director Christian Prudhomme in Paris after this year’s race finished on July 24 to promote the German capital.
“My impression was that the organisers were quite curious about Berlin and Germany. Berlin would be a good base for the prologue,” he said.
Berlin hosted the prologue in 1987 as part of the city’s 750th anniversary celebrations and Haertel said hosting the event again in 2017 would be another ‘great celebration’ for the city.
It will be at least two years before Berlin officials will discover if they are successful.
The Belgian city of Liege will host the 2012 prologue and at the end of the year, the Tour’s organizers will announce where the 2013 race will start.