How much will it cost Copenhagen to host the Tour de France?

How much will it cost Copenhagen to host the Tour de France?
Copenhagen Lord Mayor Frank Jensen (L) with Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Organizers presented earlier this week the Danish stages of the 2021 Tour de France, stoking excitement in sports and cycling-mad Denmark.

But the thrill of seeing the peloton pass Danish landmarks does not come for free, and was budgeted for in the bid submitted to Tour de France organizer ASO.

According to the bid, Denmark’s host of the three stages would cost no more than 90 million kroner plus secondary costs incurred by individual municipalities through which each of the stages pass. These must be paid in addition to contributions to the 90 million joint cost.

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For Copenhagen, which is to host the opening stage, the city will incur total a bill of 47 million kroner, according to Lord Mayor Frank Jensen.

“We have formed a company (Grand Depart Copenhagen Denmark 2021) in which I am chairman of the board. Copenhagen Municipality has put in 25 million kroner,” Jensen said.

“With everyone else that is contributing – the state, other municipalities and regions – the total amount is 88 million kroner,” the city mayor explained.

Secondary costs to Copenhagen Municipality will totalover 20 million kroner, meaning the city will pay near 46 million kroner in total.

“Every municipality which has a start or finish area in the stages has had to pledge money from their budget to have the event in their city. That means traffic closures, involvement of city residents, clubs and more,” Jensen said.

“For Copenhagen Municipality, that comes to 21.8 million kroner and I do not expect we will have to pledge more money for it. That’s what we have budgeted for,” the mayor said.


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