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Denmark launches Tour de France bid

DANISH NEWS: Top-level Danish delegation in Paris, Monday, to present Denmark’s official bid to host a Tour de France Grand Départ

The delegation, led by Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen and Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen, promoted the message that Copenhagen is the best cycling city in the world, reports Seven59.dk and other media.

Denmark has a unique cycling culture and the Danes are passionate about the Tour de France, they said, so Denmark is a natural choice as a future venue for the Tour de France Grand Départ.

The focus of the Danish presentation was on how the unique Danish cycling culture makes Denmark, and especially Copenhagen, the Danish capital, a natural choice as a starting point for the Tour de France in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

Before handing over the official bid Mr Lund Poulsen said:

“I believe Denmark has a lot to offer the Tour de France. Denmark is a cycling nation, and a Grand Départ in Denmark would add a new dimension to the greatest cycling race in the world by showcasing how bicycles are a natural part of our everyday lives in Denmark.”

Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, added:

‘I was very excited to be in Paris today and to be able to present the Danish bid. Copenhagen is world famous as a cycling city and this is an image that fits perfectly with the great race of the Tour de France. The Tour is one of the biggest sports events in the world and it is loved by the Danes. It would be a unique opportunity to show off our beautiful city and country and to inspire the rest of the world to embrace the power of pedals.’

See news story in Danish here.

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