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Copenhagen bids to host Tour de France start

Denmark unveils its official bid to host the start of the Tour de France

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PARIS (AFP) — Denmark presented a bid on Monday for Copenhagen to host the start of the Tour de France sometime between 2019 and 2021.

“It’s a real challenge,” said race director Christian Prudhomme at a ceremony at the House of Denmark on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

“The Tour de France would never have been so far north. We’re going to carry out studies and examine it closely.”

The Danish delegation included Minister for Business and Growth Troels Lund Poulsen and Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen, and outlined a project that could have three stages — a time trial in Copenhagen and two flat stages, one from Roskilde to Odense and another from Vejle to Sønderborg.

“Of course there are other candidates but I like this bid in principle, because whatever happens it will help increase the link between everyday cycling and the cycling of champions,” said Prudhomme.

“More people use bicycles everyday in Copenhagen than in any other city in the world. We’re very proud to receive this bid, it shows that the Tour de France is a beacon.”

Copenhagen, whose slogan for the bid is “the world’s greatest cycling competition meets the world’s best cycling city,” hosted the cycling world championships in 2011.