CYCLING – It must have been abroad, it will be in Brittany. Instead of Copenhagen in Denmark, Brest will host the grand start of the 2021 Tour de France next summer on June 26. The announcement was made on Monday, August 10, less than three weeks before the start of the 2020 version of the Grande Boucle.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Euro 2020 football has been postponed for a year; And as the Danish capital will host several matches of the competition, it was impossible for her to receive the entire Tour caravan a few days later. Therefore, the decision was made to postpone the start in Copenhagen in 2022.
Therefore, a base for the first days of the race in 2021 remained to be found. Brittany was chosen quickly, it was still necessary to determine which city would be chosen. Ultimately, it was Brest that was selected for the fourth time. The Finisterre prefecture already hosted the Grand Départ in 1952 (final victory by Fausto Coppi), 1974 (edition won by Eddy Merckx) and 2008 (round won by Carlos Sastre).
The president of the region, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, announced that stages will be organized in the Breton region (with passage in each of the four departments: Finistere, Côtes d’Armor, Morbihan and Ille-et-Vilaine) before the peloton sees To the East. ASO, which organizes the Tour, already promises “already decisive matches for the applicants for the yellow jersey”. Final arrival scheduled three weeks later in Paris, on the Champs Elysees.
The full tour of this edition (which could be the first for Romain Bardet at Sunweb and Christopher Froome at Israel Start-up Nation) will be unveiled on October 29 during a ceremony organized at the Palais de Congrès in Paris.
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