Thousands celebrate homecoming of denmark’s Tour De France winner
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- JULY 2022
SOURCE: Grand Départ Copenhagen Denmark & VisitDenmark
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Jonas Vingegaard returned home to Denmark escorted by two F16 jets to be celebrated by the cycle nation Denmark.
The 109th edition of the Tour de France has to a large extent been an incredible experience for Denmark, becoming a world leading cycle nation.
The 25-year-old Vingegaard’s first Tour de France victory, after being the runner-up in last year’s race, was celebrated by more than 25.000 as he was escorted from the airport to Copenhagen City Square, the center of Denmark’s capital, where he stepped out on the city hall balcony to receive his historic tribute by the Danes.
Vingegaard is the first Dane to win the race since 1996, where Bjarne Riis won, but was doped as unfortunable most at that time.
Many say that Vingegaard’s victory is as big as when Denmark won EURO 92 in football, with players like Schmeichel, Laudrup and others.
The victory came following a Grand de Part of Tour de France in Denmark, where Danes celebrated the first three stages of the tour through Denmark’s beautiful cycling landscape from Copenhagen to Roskilde to Nyborg and from Vejle to Sønderborg.
Many innovative events were made along the routes by the Danes, such as creative cycles figures best seen from the air, yellow painted bridges and much more. The excitement in Denmark is grand, because cycling is a DNA in the Danish society. 7 out of 10 of all Danes over the age of 6 own a bike. In Copenhagen this number is 9 out of 10.
The victory will be celebrated for 2 days in Denmark, first in Copenhagen and later in the countryside of North Jutland, where Vindegaard grew up.
Vingegaard himself hopes that this will inspire more people to cycle in Denmark.
There are approximately 12,000 km of bike routes and bike lanes across Denmark.
The Danish Ministry of Transportation has for years followed a large infrastructure plan and is currently investing $458 million DKK € 61 mio./USD 62 mio in new cycling roads and infrastructure, called “The Year of the Bicycle in Denmark”.
VisitDenmark, the Danish tourist organization, expects the win by Jonas Vingegaard will promote Denmark as one of the best cycling countries in the world, if you followed the video made during the three Tour de France stages.
Every weekday, cyclists in Copenhagen cover the equivalent distance of 400 editions of the Tour de France – that’s about 1,440,000km.
The Great Belt Bridge was again participating in the celebrations of the Danish cycling victory by lighting itself up in red and white.
A new era has started for Vingegaard and all of cycling in Denmark.
- PLAIN ARRIVE ESCORTED WITH TWO F16 MILITARY PLAINS
- PRIVATE AIRPLANE WITH YELLOW TAIL
- AIRPLANE WITH WATER CANNONS.
- JONAS VINGEGAARD STEPS OUT OF THE PLAIN
- JONAS VINGEGAARD DRIVE IN OPEN CAR
- JONAS VINGEGAARD ON BALCONY AT CITY HALL
- PAN CROWD ON CITY SQUARE
- CITY SQUARE BIG SCREEN
- SOUNDBITE’ JONAS VINGEGAARD:
“Yeah, I mean it has been, not it is almost 4 weeks, but 4 incredible weeks. Starting in Tivoli it was really incredible, but also the 3 stages in Denmark, and then, yeah just everyone who came to France to support me and all support all the other Danes aswsell, that was really incredible, aswell”.
- DRONE OF CYCLES MADE SEEN FROM THE AIR (Recent 2022)
- DRONE OF HEARTH IN YELLOW CORN FIELD (Recent 2022)
- SAILING BOATS WITH TOUR DE FRANCE COLOURED SAILS
- VOX-POP Peter Grønskov. Building constructure:
“It is very great. It is so great. A Danish Tour de France winner. It is perfect. Share it with my boy. We share stage 2 and now finish the circle in Copenhagen. It is perfect”.
- VOX-POP August Hagelund, Student:
“It is such a humble and well likable guy winning the biggest grand tour and one of the biggest sports thing, that you can participate in. It is so wonderful.
Yes. I think Jonas is a very humble and loveable guy and when it is him especially, that just makes the whole experience so much better as a Dane, to have such a good person to represent the country.
- CROWD AT CITY SQUARE
- VARIOUS CROWDS AND BIG SCREEN ON CITY SQUARE. GETTING HIGH FIVE ON THE WAY.
- SOUNDBITE’ JONAS VINGEGAARD:
“Yeah, Of Course I hope it will inspire a lot of young people to start riding the bike and that will be incredibly if I could inspire young people to start riding and then the next winner would be amongs theme, that would be incredible”
- RIDERS RIDING IN THE LANDSCAPE (Recent 2022)
- SOUNDBITE ANDERS ROSBO, DIRECTOR VISITDENMARK
“I am sure that we will use this victory of Jonas Vindegaard in the storytelling of Denmark as a very fantastic biking country”.
- CITY SQUARE WITH THOUSANDS LOOKING AT BIG SCREEN WITH JONAS VINGEGAARD
- GREAT BIG BELT IN THE NIGHT IN RED AND WHITE. (Sunday 24.8.2022)
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