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Tour de France 2022

Why does the Tour start in Denmark this year?

The start of the Tour de France, also known as Le grand départ , will take place in Denmark this year. The first three stages will also be ridden here. Now we hear you thinking: that's crazy, how can the Tour de France start in Denmark? So that you no longer have to walk around with this pressing question, we explain in this blog why the 2022 Tour de France will start in Denmark.

Why every year a different country as a starting place?

The reason the Tour de France starts abroad every year is to attract more international attention to the race. The start of the Tour de France abroad is therefore actually a publicity stunt. Before 1973, the race was only started abroad twice, including once in the Netherlands. After 1973, the tour was systematically organized abroad.

Tour de France tradition

Around 1970, the number of visitors and viewers of the Tour de France declined. The organization had to come up with something to put the Tour de France back on the map. In addition to more extreme courses, which had to provide more spectacle, ways were also sought to attract more attention from abroad. That is why the organization decided to have the start of the Tour take place abroad. There was a lot of criticism and bickering within the organization. Some drivers thought it was impossible that the Tour de France would not start in France. Because the start outside France feels a bit crazy for a course named after France. Under pressure to attract more attention, however, it was decided in 1973 to organize the start abroad. Although it was not the first time that the race started abroad, from 1973 it was the idea to do this annually. In 1973 the Le Grand Départ took place in the Netherlands. This turned out to be a great success and a new tradition was born.

Denmark

The Tour de France will start in Denmark for the first time in 2022. The Tour was originally supposed to start in Copenhagen in 2021, but due to the Covid measures it was decided to keep the start in Brest. Like the Netherlands, Denmark is a cycling country. It is flat and green, which is why cycling is also woven into the culture of the Danes. This is one of the reasons for the organization of the Tour to start in Denmark this year. There is a lot of enthusiasm in Copenhagen, for example, the most famous bridge is shrouded in yellow.

Start Tour de France 2023

The Tour de France will start in Bilbao, Spain in 2023. It is not yet clear how many stages will be ridden in Spain this edition. But with the high Pyrenees and dry hot plains, the start of the Tour de France in 2023 also promises to be spectacular.

Tour de France Grands Départs in recent years

In which countries and places has the Tour de France started over the years? Below you can see a complete overview of the start of the Tour de France.

Year

Country

City

1903

France

Montgeron

1904

France

Montgeron

1905

France

Noisy-le-Grand

1906

France

Neuilly-sur-Seine

(Vélodrome Buffalo)

1907

France

Neuilly-sur-Seine

(Pont Bineau)

1908

France

Neuilly-sur-Seine

(Pont Bineau)

1909

France

Neuilly-sur-Seine

(Pont de la Jatte)

1910

France

Neuilly-sur-Seine

(Pont de la Jatte)

1911

France

Neuilly-sur-Seine

(Pont de la Jatte)

1912

France

Paris

(Luna Park Porte Maillot)

1913

France

Boulogne-Billancourt

1914

France

Saint Cloud

1915

1916

1917

1918

1919

France

Paris

(Parc des Princes)

1920

France

Argenteuil

1921

France

Argenteuil

1922

France

Paris

(Luna Park Porte Maillot)

1923

France

Paris

(Luna Park Porte Maillot)

1924

France

Paris

(Luna Park Porte Maillot)

1925

France

Le Vesinet

1926

France

Evian-les-Bains

1927

France

Le Vesinet

1928

France

Le Vesinet

1929

France

Le Vesinet

1930

France

Le Vesinet

1931

France

Le Vesinet

1932

France

Le Vesinet

1933

France

Le Vesinet

1934

France

Le Vesinet

1935

France

Le Vesinet

1936

France

Le Vesinet

1937

France

Le Vesinet

1938

France

Le Vesinet

1939

France

Le Vesinet

1940

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

1946

1947

France

Paris

1948

France

Paris

1949

France

Paris

1950

France

Paris

1951

France

Metz

1952

France

Brest

1953

France

Strasbourg

1954

The Netherlands

Amsterdam

1955

France

Le Havre

1956

France

Reims

1957

France

Nantes

1958

Belgium

Brussels

1959

France

Mulhouse

1960

France

Lille

1961

France

Rouen

1962

France

Nancy

1963

France

Paris

1964

France

Rennes

1965

West Germany

Cologne

1966

France

Nancy

1967

France

Angers

1968

France

Vittel

1969

France

Roubaix

1970

France

Limoges

1971

France

Mulhouse

1972

France

Angers

1973

The Netherlands

Scheveningen

1974

France

Brest

1975

Belgium

Charleroi

1976

France

Saint Jean de Monts

1977

France

Fleurance

1978

The Netherlands

To lead

1979

France

Fleurance

1980

West Germany

Frankfurt

1981

France

Nice

1982

Switzerland

Basel

1983

France

Fontenay Sous Bois

1984

France

Montreuil

1985

France

Plumelec

1986

France

Boulogne-Billancourt

1987

West Germany

West Berlin

1988

France

La Baule

1989

Luxembourg

Luxembourg City

1990

France

Futuroscope

1991

France

Lyons

1992

Spain

San Sebastian

1993

France

Le Puy du Fou

1994

France

Lille

1995

France

Saint Brieuc

1996

The Netherlands

's Hertogenbosch

1997

France

Rouen

1998

Ireland

Dublin

1999

France

Le Puy du Fou

2000

France

Futuroscope

2001

France

Dunkirk

2002

Luxembourg

Luxembourg City

2003

France

Paris

2004

Belgium

Liège

2005

France

Challans

2006

France

Strasbourg

2007

UK

London

2008

France

Brest

2009

Monaco

Monaco

2010

The Netherlands

Rotterdam

2011

France

Passage du Gois

2012

Belgium

Liège

2013

France

Porto Vecchio

2014

UK

Leeds

2015

The Netherlands

Utrecht

2016

France

Mont Saint Michel

2017

Germany

Dusseldorf

2018

France

Noirmoutier-en-l'Île

2019

Belgium

Brussels

2020

France

Nice

2021

France

Brest

2022

Denmark

copenhagen

2023

Spain

Bilbao

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