Danish Tour de France stages postponed until 2022

Danish Tour de France stages postponed until 2022
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Denmark was originally scheduled to host the three opening stages of the Tour de France next year. The stages will now not take place until 2022.

The Danish-hosted stages had been subject to some uncertainty following the disruption to worldwide sport caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic. A delay has preserved the event , although it leaves cycling fans in Denmark with a two-year wait to see the tour on their home turf.

The three Danish Tour de France stages are now scheduled for July 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2022, Copenhagen’s lord mayor Frank Jensen told DR.

“I am happy that the holding company has now reached an agreement and we are saying ‘yes please’ to moving the tour to 2022,” said Jensen, who is also chairman of the board on the company set up to operate the Danish bid for the tour.

Costs for the rearrangement will amount to 5.8 million kroner, to be shared between tour organiser ASO, the Tour de France itself and Danish interests, DR reports.

 

Municipalities in cities hosting the start and finishing lines of the Danish stages will be responsible for covering associated extra costs.

Organisers reached the decision to move the tour back a second time, preferring the choice to two other options: moving it back a week in 2021 or cancelling the Danish event altogether.

An overlap with Copenhagen’s status as a venue city for the 2021 UEFA European Championships in football – also put back a year because of coronavirus – was the primary obstacle with regard to hosting in 2021.

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