Copenhagen’s Tour de France Grand Départ is looking likely to be pushed back a year to 2022, although Italy can be eyeing hosting its own first French Grand Tour beginning.
Together with the rescheduled 2021 Olympic biking dates resulting in a struggle with the Tour, organisers had requested Copenhagen officials to move the dates a week, since the 2020 variant had initially to make space for the Tokyo Games.
But together with the also-postponed European soccer championships being transferred back to 2021 and the Danish capital place to sponsor some knockout matches, adapting both important sporting events wasn’t deemed viable.
A compromise seems to have been attained, together with all the Danish Grand Départ moving to 2022, and Brittany believed to have been provided the 2021 start.
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“There is not any question that the Tour won’t visit Denmark and Copenhagen,” Frank Jesper, ” the mayor of Copenhagen, told Danish media outlet DR.dk.
“It is probably the Tour begin in Denmark is going to be transferred to 2022. We’re attempting to make it take place at 2021, however when we adhere to 2021, it’ll be very squeezed. It provides much better exposure to this race Denmark should you wait for a year and don’t induce the Tour beginning next year”
Meanwhile, plans for future variants of this Tour continue despite international pandemics and scheduling difficulties, together with Tour director Christian Prudhomme travelling to Bologna to talk about a Italian Grand Départ in either 2023 or 2024.
“Another step forward for the coming of the Grand Boucle for the very first time in Italy, beginning from Emilia-Romagna and from Firenze,” tweeted that the president of this Emilia-Romagna area, Stefano Bonaccini.
Nice will sponsor this year’s Grand Départ, currently beginning on August 29. Meanwhile, the Giro d’Italia has introduced the brand new opening phases of the year’s Italian Grand Tour, with four Sicilian phases replacing the cancelled Hungarian Grande Partenza at Budapest.