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Danish Tour de France stages postponed until 2022

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.

Danish Tour de France stages postponed until 2022
File photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

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

Organizers presented earlier this week the Danish stages of the 2021 Tour de France, stoking excitement in sports and cycling-mad Denmark.

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

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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