The Excursion de France is heading north.
In 2021, for the primary time in its 118-year historical past, the race will start in Denmark; it’ll be the northernmost get started for the distinguished biking race. 3 Danish legs of the race, or phases, are deliberate for July 2, three and four that yr.
The Excursion de France, divided into 21 one-day phases masking roughly 2,200 miles (three,500 kilometers), is steadily described as a blinding travelogue. It’s opening legs, referred to as the Grand Départ, alternate location yearly and are on occasion hosted outdoor of France, generally in neighboring nations just like the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany, despite the fact that Monaco and Britain have additionally had the honour. (The end at all times takes position alongside the Champs-Élysées in Paris.)
The Danish Grand Départ would be the greatest carrying match ever arranged within the nation. Greater than 3 billion tv audience international watch the Excursion every year, stated Jan Boesen Olsen, leader govt for VisitDenmark, the rustic’s legit tourism group. He expects a boon to Danish tourism.
“The longed-for Grand Départ is a big vacationer draw bringing status and trade,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Alex Pedersen, a former skilled rider and the director of Grand Départ Copenhagen Denmark 2021, the nonprofit overseeing the excursion in Denmark, hopes for a million fanatics to collect alongside Danish roads and at the waterways.
“Come early,” he stated. “Deliver your picnic and your sausages to grill on barbecues through the roadside.”
Interested by going? Right here’s what to anticipate at each and every level:
July 2: Grand Départ in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, the web page of the Grand Départ, is a metropolis with extra bicycles than population. Nearly part of its city-dwellers go back and forth to paintings or college through bicycles, with shipment motorcycles steadily wearing pets and furnishings, in addition to other folks.
“The best biking race on this planet meets the best-cycling metropolis on this planet” is the slogan of the Grand Départ 2021.
Whilst the precise path has no longer but been introduced, the Grand Départ will characteristic an eight-mile (13-kilometer) inner-city time-trial lasting roughly 15 mins. Racers will cycle in the course of the center of Copenhagen, passing landmarks such because the Royal Palace of Amalienborg and the harbor of Nyhavn, ahead of completing at Radhuspladsen (Town Corridor Sq.).
July three: From Roskilde to Nyborg
Maximum phases of the Excursion, on the other hand, are lengthy street races, alternating flat lands, hill and mountain climbs, generally masking as much as 156 miles (250 kilometers) and lasting as much as six hours.
Roskilde, the previous Danish capital, 22 miles (35 kilometers), from Copenhagen, is the start line of the Excursion’s 2nd level, a racing trial lasting 118 miles (190 kilometers).
Riders will perhaps move the town’s red-brick cathedral, a Unesco International Heritage web page and royal necropolis, after which dash around the 11-mile (18-kilometer) Nice Belt Bridge over the Baltic Sea to succeed in the finish-line in Nyborg. This race is anticipated to be impressive, with conceivable crosswinds including power at the competition.
“Denmark has no mountains, nevertheless it has wind to problem the riders and probably create important time gaps between contenders,” Mr. Pedersen stated.
“Riders won’t win the Excursion in Denmark, however they may be able to lose it.”
July four: From Vejle to Sønderborg
The general race in Denmark, a level of 106 miles (170 kilometers), used to be additionally deliberate for optimum wind publicity, with a path with reference to the ocean and alongside open fields. It is going to happen at the southernmost facet of the Jutland peninsula, picturesque geographical region dotted with cattle, grain silos and windmills. The riders will pedal alongside empty sandy seashores, fjords, Viking ruins, fortresses protecting immaculate medieval cities, and the burial grounds referred to as the birthplace of Denmark. It’s neatly off the crushed trail.
The end is ready for Sønderborg, a the town at the island of Als through the Flensburg Fjord and the southernmost airport in Denmark. A couple of kilometers away is the Dybbøl windmill, a Danish nationwide image since a defeat by Prussia in 1864 that resulted in Denmark losing a significant chunk of its territory.
For all three stages, the final detailed routes should be in place next year, allowing amateurs to cycle the Tour’s route beforehand and get into the spirit.
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