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LE GRAND DÉPART OF TOUR DE FRANCE
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Denmark is going all crazy in yellow before hosting Tour de France Grand Départ, 1-3 July, probably the world’s greatest cycling race.
Europe’s longest bridge The Great Belt Bridge can now be seen in yellow and the city Aabenra hosting the last of the 3. stages in Le Grand Depart has painted there bridge yellow.
Danes, that bike in a combined total of 8 million kilometers (5 million miles) per day is one of the world’s most bike-loving people in the world. Danish Jonas Vingegaard came second in last years Tour de France.
The first stage is being prepared in Copenhagen, where 9 out of 10 owns a bike at the age of 6. In spite a total Danish population of only 6 mio do Copenhagen have the worlds most biked bridge in the world with 40,000 registrated cyclists daily. The city’s 22 kilometer of bike-lanes including new innovative bike-bridges have made it the #1 Cycling City many times.
“It was canceled last year, which was really sad for me, due to corona”, says 24 year old Max Hellen-Hegelund, 24 biker from Copenhagen and continues, “Corona is gone now. It is going to be assume that the Tour de France finally arrives in Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark of course”.
Bakers along the 3 routes in Denmark are also going crazy with for instance pie’s in yellow with a bike on. Baker Tina Bosse, age 56 from Baker Bosse in Copenhagen answered with a big smile to the question, what a Tour de France cake taste like?
“It must taste of summer and joy and warmth and Tour de France” .
Rum-balls is actually the most popular. Rum balls are leftovers from pastry and cakes, kneaded with romessens covered with chocolate in the Tour de France colors. Awesome:)
Social media posts from people along the routes through Denmark also shows a lot of creativity. For instance cakes made in the French tradition in Lejre, hundreds of people creating a bike seen from the air in Roskilde, shops making all suits in window yellow in Copenhagen and umbrellas in Tour colors along the pedestrians in Aabenraa.
The first stage of the Grand Départ starts in Copenhagen along the yellow wrapped trees.
There will be no sharp turns and the route is letting the riders gain full speed. In the past 10 years, Copenhagen has invested 200 million Euros in cycling infrastructure. The time trial is 13 km long.
Emil Stuve, 39. Bike-Fan says: “I will see the first stage here in Copenhagen, and also go to the second stage in Roskilde, where I work”.
The second stage starts 50 km outside Copenhagen in the old viking capital Roskilde. The route goes 199 km through the paineretique old viking territories with small fjords, and countryside, ending up on Europe’s longest bridge the Great Belt Bridge, that might split up the peloton.
The 18 km long bridge has proven a challenge in a previous smaller test-race. The open sea wind challenged the riders and might split all up, before ending in a top-sprint in Nyborg.
Danish World Champion from 2019 Mads Pedersen grew up in the region.
The 3rd. stage of the Grand Depart is 182 km. starting in Vejle and is the first hilly terrain on the tour, going beautiful up and down through forest and a very variante countryside, ending in Sønderborg on July 3rd, where a local painter donated the yellow bridge to honor, that the Tour de France first Grand Depart in Denmark was ending in Sønderborg.
The first bike lane in Denmark was established in 1892 in Copenhagen and the network of national cycle routes now span 4,770 kilometers (2,963 miles) across all of Denmark.
- DRONE NIGHT GREAT BELT BRIDGE IN YELLOW LIGHTS – NYBORG/KORSØR
- DRONE SMALLER BRIDGE PAINTED YELLOW, KING CHRISTIAN X BRIDGE IN SØNDERBORG, SØNDERJYLLAND (SOUTH JUTLAND)
- DRONE GROUP OF CYCLIST ALONG COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE IN VESTSJÆLLAND (WEST ZEALAND – STAGE 2)
- DRONE ABOVE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE FORMING A BIKE, WHEEL TURNING.
- YELLOW TAXI-BIKE IN FRONT OF BIG YELLOW TOUR DE FRANCE POSTER ON THE FRENCH EMBASSY IN COPENHAGEN
- BICYCLE LOGO BEING BURNED ON CYCLE-PATH, COPENHAGEN
- VOX-POP MAX HELLEN-HEGELUND, 24, CYCKIST-FAN, DENMARK:
“I think it is gonna be really, really awesome. It was cancelled last year, which was really sad for me, due to corona. Corona is gone now. It is gonna be great weather. It is going to be assume that the Tour de France finally arrives in Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark of course”.
- C.U. PIE IN YELLOW WITH BIKE, DANISH FLAGS AND “Touren 2022” IN CHOCOLATE.
- WITH TOUR DE FRANCE CAKE (BAGER BOSSE, COPENHAGEN)
- CAKE BEING PREPARED WITH CYCLIST
- SOUNDBITE BAKER LINDA BOSSE, 56 (NATURAL DK):
“Den skal smage af sommer og glæde og varme og Tour de France”:
“It must taste of summer and joy and warmth and the Tour de France”).
- A PLAT FULL OF “ROM-KUGLER” (RUM-BALLS) BEING PREPARED.
ROM BALLS WITH YELLOW CHOCOLATE, GREEN AND RED/WHITE
- PR POSTER BEING SET UP ON DOOR BY BAKER BOSSE
- SOCIAL MEDIA WITH LEJRE BAKER SHOWING DIFFERENT CAKES FOR TOUR DE FRANCE.
- SOCIAL MEDIA WITH OF DRONE A BIKE BEING MADE BY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN BYPARKEN, ROSKILDE
- YELLOW SUITS IN A TAILOR SHOP “Deerest” IN COPENHAGEN
- DRONE-TILT OF BOATS DECORATED ON TOP OF BOAT IN COPENHAGEN PORT. COPENHAGEN BATH IN HARBOR SEEN IN BACKGROUND.
- DRONE OF UMBRELLAS IN YELLOW, GREEN AND WHITE/RED HANGING OVER PEDESTRIAN. AABENRAA IN SØNDERBORG
- PILLOWS PAINTED IN TOUR DE FRANCE COLORS. NATIONAL MUSEUM, COPENHAGEN. YELLOW BUSS IN BACKGROUND
- VARIOUS PILLOWS PAINTED IN TOUR DE FRANCE COLORS ALONG ROUTE IN ØSTERBRO, COPENHAGEN
- PEDESTRIAN PAINTED IN TOUR DE FRANCE COLORS. COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
- 3D ANIMATED GOOGE ANIMATION OF THE ROUTE 1: TIME TRIAL
- VOX-POP EMIL STUVE, 39. BIKE-FAN:
“I think I will see the first stage here in Copenhagen, and probably also go to the second stage in Roskilde, where I work”
- DRONE ROSKILDE DOMKIRKE
- 3D ANIMATED GOOGE ANIMATION OF THE ROUTE 2: START IN ROSKILDE, CRUISING THE COUNTRYSIDE, ENDING AT GREAT BELT BRIDGE AND NYBORG.
- DRONE OF GROUP OF BIKERS ALONG THE COAST, RØSNÆS, VESTSJÆLLAND (WestZealand)
- DRONE/PAN OF MANY BIKERS CROSSING THE GREAT BELT BRIDGE
- 3D ANIMATED GOOGLE ANIMATION OF THE ROUTE 3: VEJLE, CROSSING THE LANDSCAPE, ENDING IN SØNDERBORG (SOENDERBORG).
- DRONE SØNDERBORG WITH BRIDGE PAINTED YELLOW.
Facts about cycling in Denmark
- 7 out of 10 of all Danes over the age of 6 own a bike. In Copenhagen, this number is 9 out of 10.
- There are approximately 12,000km of bike routes and bike lanes across Denmark
- Dronning Louise’s Bridge in Copenhagen is one of the most heavily-trafficked cycling stretches in Denmark with more than 40,000 cyclists crossing the bridge daily.
- Bikes outnumber cars by more than 5 to 1 in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen
- Every weekday, cyclists in Copenhagen cover the equivalent distance of 400 editions of the Tour de France – that’s about 1,440,000km
- The Danish Minister of Transportation announced a 10 million Euro investment in further maintaining and improving cycling infrastructure in the city in 2022
- In the past 10 years, Copenhagen has invested 200 million Euros in cycling infrastructure
- Since 2015, Copenhagen has been ranked the world’s top cycling city several times, most recently in 2019.
- In Copenhagen, 44% of all trips to places of work and education are done by bicycle
- Copenhagen has more than 386 km of cycle tracks
Find out more about cycling in Denmark, including cycling the Tour de France route and Denmark’s other long-distance cycle paths at