Tour de France Grand Départ hosted by Denmark

Denmark will become the 10th country to host the Grand Départ of Tour de France 2022. The 3 stages of the 109th edition will start in Copenhagen on the 1st of July and continue through the Roskilde – Nyborg and Vejle – Sønderborg route.

 

Stage 1 | Copenhagen 1-07-2022

The world’s best riders start in the center of Copenhagen with a route of 13.2 kilometers individual time trial. The route is rather flat than technical, letting the riders gain full speed and fight for a yellow jersey. The first stage starts at 16:00.

Stage 2 | Roskilde-Nyborg 2-07-2022

The second stage with 202.2 kilometers starting in front of Roskilde Cathedral will continue throughout landscapes along fjords and over hills. Close to the finish line, the riders will be challenged by the Great Belt bridge due to possible windy conditions which can shake things up. The 2nd stage starts at 12:15 and the race is expected to finish around 17:10.

Stage 3 | Vejle-Sønderborg 3-07-2022

The last stage with 182 kilometers starts at 13:05 and is expected to finish around 17:25. The route features hardly any obstacles and provides a good chance of winning for the team who can organize mass sprints well.

See the route of all three stages here: 

After the 3 stages in Denmark, the 2022 Tour De France will continue in Belgium, Switzerland, and France with a final stage at Champs-Élysées, Paris on the 24th of July.

 

Denmark as a perfect match to start off the iconic Tour de France 

Denmark is well known for being one of the world’s greatest cycling countries with over 11.000 kilometers of cycle routes throughout the country. People bicycle in all types of weather at all times of day, and it is often easier to commute by bike than by car in big cities of Denmark.

Did you know?

  1. On average, each Dane cycles 1.5 kilometers a day
  2. 9 out of 10 Danes own a bike
  3. Every day, the Dronning Louises Bro bridge in Copenhagen is crossed by 40,000 cyclists making it the most heavily trafficked stretch in Denmark
  4. In January 2022, the Danish Ministry of Transportation announced that 2022 is "The Year of the Bike". This initiative was launched as a part of a large infrastructure plan, investing $458 million in new cycling infrastructure
  5. Bikes outnumber cars by more than 5 to 1 in Copenhagen

The Danish cycling culture is almost as old as bicycles themselves and its popularity is growing every year since cycling is considered a fast, enjoyable, climate-friendly and healthy way of transportation. At the beginning of the 20th century bike even became a symbol of Danish people’s equality and freedom making people of all social classes ride side by side and thus bring them together.

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