TOUR DE FRANCE GRAND DÃ‰PART COPENHAGEN
The greatest cycling race in the world meets the best cycling city in the world
THE GREATEST CYCLING RACE IN THE WORLD MEETS THE BEST CYCLING CITY IN THE WORLD G A P E 3
1. The Greatest Cycling Race in the World meets the Best Cycling City in the World............................... 7
Stages and Danish Host Cities..................................................10 - Capital Copenhagen - City of Roskilde - City of Odense - City of Vejle - City of SĂ¸nderborg
3. Political Support..........................................................................24 4. Organisation................................................................................. 27 5. Danish Sport Event Experience................................................28 6. Accessibility and Getting Around............................................ 32 7. Accommodation..........................................................................36 8. Media...............................................................................................41 9. Building Bridges..........................................................................42 10. Celebration...................................................................................46 11. Appendix....................................................................................... 52
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1. THE GREATEST CYCLING RACE IN THE WORLD MEETS THE BEST CYCLING CITY IN THE WORLD A PASSION FOR TOUR DE FRANCE
In Denmark you will experience an unforgettable celebration
At the Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen, Denmark,
of the passion, history and culture of the Tour de France
the world’s greatest cycling race, the Tour de France, will be
across our country. Each city along the route will make its
united with the cycling capital of the world.
own celebration of the race and the event will build bridges between town and country, as well as between Denmark
If A.S.O. gives Copenhagen the chance to host a Tour de France
and France. The Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen,
Grand Départ in either 2019, 2020 or 2021, you will be embraced
Denmark will inspire even more Danes and people around the
by the happiest people in the world, who will be extremely
world to embrace the power of pedals.
proud to be a part of the world’s greatest sport event. You will experience a natural match between the way we use our bikes
COPENHAGEN – THE BEST
in our everyday life and our passion for the world’s greatest
CYCLING CITY IN THE WORLD
Everybody in Copenhagen cycles, the old as well as the young. years old and before that they are driven around by their
ourselves among the most enthusiastic people when it comes
parents in a cargo bike. Nearly half of Copenhageners use their
to the Tour de France and cycling. To many Danes, the Tour
bikes to and from work or school. All together in Copenhagen,
de France is a childhood friend, one we look forward to being
Copenhageners cycle more than 330 Tour de France races
reunited with every summer. We plan our summer holidays to
every day or the equivalent of 31 times around the world.
make sure we do not miss the Tour de France and many of us travel to France to experience Le Tour live.
Danes are huge fans of the Tour de France and we count
Most Danes start learning to ride a bike when they are three
Almost every little road has a bike lane, which adds up to more than 390 kilometres of designated bike lanes. The city is designed for cycling with cycle bridges, cycle highways, green cycle routes, foot rests for cyclists, tilted trash cans, bicycle repair services on wheels, cargo bicycle lending libraries, shops catering to cycling customers etc. This makes Copenhagen a greener, healthier and happier place to live and to visit. Copenhagen is a reflection of what a cycling city of tomorrow will look like. A Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen, Denmark will promote the idea of cycling cities and will inspire leisure cyclists around the world. COPENHAGEN – A CITY OF SUCCESSFUL SPORT EVENTS We fully understand and respect that the Tour de France Grand Départ is an absolutely extraordinary event. If you choose Copenhagen, Denmark to host a Tour de France Grand Départ, you will experience a city and country with extreme passion for cycling and, at the same time, a very well-organized and highly experienced host of sport and cycling events. These are some of the reasons that Copenhagen, Denmark is widely recognized as one of the best sport destinations in the world.
In 2011, Denmark hosted the UCI World Road Cycling
COPENHAGEN – THE HEART OF
Championships, attracting 545,000 spectators, and in 2012
we welcomed the start of the Giro d’Italia. For the UCI
The Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen will be placed
World Road Cycling Championships, we closed down the
in the heart of Scandinavia and will open up to a larger market
whole city of Copenhagen, including the main pedestrian
consisting not only of Denmark, but also Sweden and Norway.
street and the busiest road in Denmark, to create an extraordinary experience for the riders and spectators.
Denmark is the physical gateway, with a bridge connecting
Furthermore, we hosted all international media at the Town
us to Sweden and ferries connecting us to both Sweden and
Hall in the centre of Copenhagen.
Norway. The Swedes and Norwegians love to visit Denmark and are the second and third largest markets in Danish tourism after Germany. Danes, Swedes and Norwegians understand each other’s languages and share similar mindsets and values –and people in Sweden and Norway also take a huge interest in cycling. The Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen, Denmark will open the doors to the Scandinavian market and provide Swedes and Norwegians with the best opportunity
best cycling city in the world.
Let us unite the greatest cycling race in the world with the
to experience the Tour de France up close.
2. STAGES AND DANISH HOST CITIES Allow us to introduce Scandinavia’s greatest little kingdom, steeped in a rich history yet home to a modern welfare state, always looking to the future. Denmark is a country in Northern Europe with a population of 5.7 million. It is part of Scandinavia, located southwest of Sweden, south of Norway and just north of Germany. The country is characterised by flat, arable
land, sandy coasts and a temperate climate
with warm summers and mild winters. Please let us introduce to you the proposed routes and the start and finish cities of the
Stage two Stage three
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Tour de France Grand Départ Copenhagen, Denmark. Sønderborg
Stage descriptions Stage one – 10 km individual time trial – Copenhagen center The route of the first stage will start at Copenhagen City Hall Square in front of Tivoli Gardens at the centre of Copenhagen and then continue around the centre of Copenhagen giving the spectators a unique opportunity to see the riders at close range. The route will be of medium difficulty and therefore there will be only a few places along the route where riders need to be highly focused on their cycling skills. The route is expected to be fast as there are no differences in height. Before crossing the finishing line again at Copenhagen City Hall Square the riders will have ridden close to some of the most famous places and buildings in the centre of Copenhagen e.g. Rosenborg and Amalienborg Castles, The French Embassy at Kgs. Nytorv and The Danish Parliament. The start and the finish are located in the same area, since they are both placed at Copenhagen City Hall Square. Stage two – 180 km - Roskilde - Odense The second stage will start at the centre of Roskilde next to Roskilde Cathedral - a UNESCO world heritage site where the Danish kings and queens are buried, take a swing close to the Danish Viking Ship Museum, and then go south-west towards
Ringsted. The first sprint in the Tour de France in Denmark will take place in Sorø and the peloton will then move further south-west through Slagelse to Korsør and The Great Belt Bridge; where the first hill sprint of the Tour de France will be raced. Passing The Great Belt Bridge opens for cross winds and therefore the posibility of a split in several groups. Since the distance from the end of the bridge to the finishing line in Odense is no more than approximately 30 km, there will be an actual chance that the winner of the stage has to be found among the riders in a breakaway. Stage three – 160 km - Vejle - Sønderborg The last stage in Denmark will start in Vejle. From here the riders will have to ride a bit north-west to Jelling where the Danish birth certificate is located – also a UNESCO world heritage site, before the route takes them back to Vejle where the riders have to make a small climb. From there, the riders will ride south not far from the east coast of Jutland through the cities of Kolding, Christiansfeld, Haderslev and Aabenraa. Finally, the riders will go east towards Sønderborg where the stage is expected to end in a mass sprint. From Sønderborg – where the third stage finishes – there is less that a 10 minutes drive to Sønderborg Airport where the Tour de France peloton flies to France.
CAPITAL COPENHAGEN Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark with an urban population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan population of 1.9 million. Copenhagen is the largest city in Scandinavia. Though smaller than many other Northern European cities, the Danish capital has proven itself more than able to organise successful large-
Foto: Ursula Bach
scale events in innovative and appealing settings. LIVABLE Copenhagen’s conference and event industry has a well-
We are very proud that Copenhagen has been elected the best
earned reputation for quality and efficiency. It is the cultural
city in the world in 2016 by Wallpaper and that previously, our
capital of the North, with world-class museums, music
capital has been elected the most liveable city in the world
venues, festivals and historical sites. This charming city of
three times in Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey. That makes
cobbled squares, canals and copper spires also boasts the
Copenhagen the first three-time winner ever.
best shopping and nightlife in Northern Europe. We know that one of the things making Copenhagen so
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In recent years, Copenhagen has earned quite a reputation as a
liveable is our infrastructure. The city is simply designed
gastronomic capital. The city boasts 18 Michelin stars and the
to favour the bikes instead of the cars – making it a greener,
UK’s Restaurant Magazine ranked the Copenhagen restaurant,
healthier and happier place to live and to visit. Copenhagen is a
Noma, the World’s Best in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
reflection of what the bicycle cities of tomorrow will look like.
We want to inspire people following the Tour de France Grand
The City Hall Square has also been the heart of several
Départ all over the world to cycle more and to be an inspiration
international sports championships in triathlon and running,
for how to design a city of cyclists.
and in 2011 it staged the UCI World Road Championships. During the championships, the beautiful City Hall was used as a press
GRAND DÉPART COPENHAGEN
centre and other buildings around the square were used for
As mentioned above for the first stage of the Tour de France
other event-related functions.
Grand Depart, we propose the very city centre of Copenhagen. With a historic and yet youthful and pulsating setting at the City Hall Square, these truly remarkable surroundings will showcase the traditions of Tour de France in an innovative way.
FACTS Federation has carried out the campaign “All
to pay tribute to returning sports heroes, for big concerts
children cycle”, an exercise campaign that each
and for outdoor exhibitions. Today, City Hall Square is also a
year gets 140,000 children on their bicycles for
spectacular venue for sports and cultural events. In 2006, the
two weeks in September
City Hall Square hosted the MTV Music Awards and in 2009 the
• 4 out of 5 Copenhagen households have access
big IOC Congress Countdown and the United Nations Climate
to a bicycle
Change Conference (COP15). The IOC Congress Countdown
• 26% of all families in Copenhagen with two or
included several spectacular sports shows and a large screen
more children have a cargo bike or a bicycle trailer
followed the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio.
• 47% of the pupils in the Danish state schools
COP15 used the City Hall Square to make a spectacular climate
cycle to and from school
city with various activities.
For decades, the Danes have gathered in City Hall Square
• Every year since 2002, the Danish Cyclists’
THE GREAT BELT BRIDGE WILL BE A HIGHLIGHT ON THE DANISH ROUTE.
THE CITY OF ROSKILDE Roskilde is one of the oldest cities in Denmark with a unique cultural heritage and beautiful surroundings. The history of the city dates back to the Viking Age â€“ and for centuries, the city was the capital and the heart of Denmark. Today, the lively commercial city has around 50,000 inhabitants. During the past half century, the city has built up extensive knowhow and capacity to host large events such as the Tour de France. The city has a large corps of volunteers who are used to handling large spectator-friendly events. The city hosts large events every year in the nice old city â€“ where guests from all over the world are welcomed. WHAT IS ROSKILDE? The Municipality of Roskilde and the entire local community E G A P
are ready to host a MEGA event like a tour stage because of the experience gained through our internationally known and
renowned music festival – The Roskilde Festival – which each
Michael Marcussen. Roskilde has been Cycling City of the Year
year attracts about 130,000 colourful guests to the city. The
in Denmark – among other things, due to its well-developed
city also uses and benefits from the experience gained in
network of cycle paths, etc.
connection with the festival when hosting other international cultural events and sports events.
Hopefully, we will be able to let the second stage of the Tour de France be launched at the large, newly renovated
Roskilde has an ambition of being a major event city and the
central square of Roskilde, Stændertorvet, by the nearly
opportunity to host the second stage of the world’s most
900-year-old cathedral, which is included on the UNESCO
beautiful and most prestigious cycling race is an ideal match
World Heritage List. If the race will be passing along the
for the vision of Roskilde City Council about being Denmark’s
beautiful fjord, you will be able to see the museum where five
number one event and entertainment city.
1000-year-old original ships from the Viking Age are exhibited.
A CITY WITH GREAT LOVE OF CYCLING Roskilde has always been a city of cycling. In 2014, Roskilde organized and hosted the BMX European Championships. Among the annual recurring events, you will find the legendary Danish cycling classic “Stjerneløbet” (The Star Race) which was held for the first time back in 1895 in the hilly terrain in and
Over the years, Roskilde has produced a number of great riders, such the Olympic gold medallists Hans Henrik Ørsted and
Foto: Lars Just
THE CITY OF ODENSE The city of Odense is the third largest city in Denmark with a population just shy of 200,000 people and with approximately
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52,000 daily commuters. Odense has more than 43,000 domestic and international students, and has one of the
Odense is investing in one of the biggest commercially based
youngest populations in the country.
growth effort seen in Denmark by partnering with leading event and experience economy companies. In 2015, the city launched
CITY OF INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
the most ambitious and international event year ever: 18
Odense is a renowned event city that has extensive experience
events were held in Odense comprising concerts, sport events,
in hosting large international sports, music and knowledge
exhibitions as well as food, film and music festivals including
events that draw big crowds. In addition, Odense was the
Tinderbox Festival, which was nominated by the European
birthplace of one of Denmark’s best-known cultural icons,
Festival Awards as Best New European Music Festival in 2015.
Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote fairytales like ‘The Little
In 2015, the city welcomed more than 250,000 guests,
Mermaid’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘The Snow Queen’, which
and in 2016, Odense will host more events of national and
was the basis for the animated hit film ‘Frozen’. As a result,
international character and is constantly looking to expand the
Odense attracts large masses of tourists that want to visit
event portfolio with great, iconic events.
and explore the fairytale city and its supply of big international E G A P
Referring back to the old history of Odense, the name of the city is derived from “Odins Vé”, meaning “Odin’s sanctuary”
as the area was known as a sanctuary for worshippers of the
Bistro in 2014, four entries in the restaurant guide “White
Nordic god, Odin. Therefore, it goes without saying that Odense
Guide Nordic” and a range of new, upcoming restaurants
is one of Denmark’s oldest cities with the old monastery
with a modern Nordic food interpretation driven by local
“Nonnebakken” having served as one of Denmark’s six main
Viking fortresses. FRONTIER FOR ROBOTICS Fast-forward to contemporary Odense: the city is home to
Danish design company Le Klint and is becoming a culinary
Odense was awarded best city for startups in Denmark in 2015.
melting pot, an underestimated gem boasting restaurants of
The city is home to a great robotics hub with three growth
high quality at affordable prices comprising Denmark’s Best
clusters: Odense Robotics, UAS Denmark and Odense Health, comprising approx. 100 companies working with robots, drones and health technologies and more than 30 higher education programs. In this well-functioning ecosystem, profitable ideas are generated every day. The companies connect, collaborate and create – with each other and with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute. That’s
modern city operating in the fourth industrial revolution.
company Universal Robots – and keeping it in Odense. A
why Teradyne invested $285m to acquire the multinational
THE CITY OF VEJLE
Vejle is rich in culture, trade, tourism and history, and is the
club island, Denmark’s largest floating kayak club and a
third largest city for conferences and events in Denmark.
promenade, you will find some of Denmark’s best-positioned
The fantastic location of Vejle in the middle of Denmark has
residential buildings and business properties – with an active
also created an international city with large international
commercial port as their neighbour.
At the harbour area, an entirely new and very attractive quarter has been created in Vejle, which attracts lots of new citizens and tourists. Together with a new marina, the marine
companies in the local area, such as Siemens and LEGO. Vejle has approx. 112,000 citizens and the municipality is the sixth largest in Denmark. DENMARK’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE The Jelling monuments with the runic stones, the two large mounds, the church, the world’s largest stone ship and an impressive palisade fence are among the world’s most significant monuments and included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Danish nation was born and created in Jelling.
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Today, the impressive monument complex has been unearthed
THE KIRK KAPITAL DOMICILE
and the outlines of the palisade fence, the stone ship and the
BY OLAFUR ELIASSON
long houses have been marked in the landscape.
The internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson has
designed Kirk Kapital’s new and impressive business domicile
in the harbour basin at Vejle Marina. The 9000-square-meter
“Kiddesvej” as the crucial climb. Kiddesvej has a maximum
domicile contains offices and reception rooms, whereas the
gradient of 19% and an average of 12.9% – and although the
ground floor will be accessible to the public and will feature
climb is only 350 meters long, it is sufficiently hard to spilt the
a café and exhibition rooms. The idea behind Olafur Eliasson’s
field and create a dramatic finish. Another hard climb of the
design is to create an organic structure that will provide a
Queen’s Stage is Chr. Winthersvej, with an average gradient of
unique interaction between water, light, space and people. The
16.3% and a maximum gradient of 26%.
domicile will be inaugurated in 2017. The hilly landscape and numerous climbs in and around Vejle THE WAVE – VEJLE’S
make the area ideal for cycling races with regard to the race
itself, the riders, spectators and television viewers. Vejle was
Henning Larsen Architects designed the Wave, which has
both the start and finish destination in 2015 and the Queen’s
become the architectural landmark of Vejle. The Wave is
Stage was the hardest one of all time, with 2000 vertical
inspired by the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon and its
metres spread over many hard and steep climbs. At the same
design is groundbreaking within new Danish architecture. The
time, the city of Vejle – named Denmark’s best commercial city
Wave has won the prestigious LEAF Awards architectural
– creates a fantastic setting for the race.
prize. The apartments in the soon-to-be five waves have a superb and exclusive view of Vejle Fjord. THE OUEEN’S STAGE Since 2004, Vejle has been the finish destination of the most Foto: DCU
of Denmark), the so-called Queen’s Stage, with the road
difficult stage of the Post Nord Danmark Rundt (the tour
THE CITY OF SØNDERBORG
Located in South Jutland only 30 kilometres from the German
things, for serving as a prison for the Danish King Christian II
border, Sønderborg is the southernmost of the Danish
from 1532-1549. In the modern city of Sønderborg, not many
tour cities. The city has approx. 30,000 inhabitants and is
of the very old buildings can still be found, as the city was
particularly known by many Danes for the historic battlefield
bombarded during the Second Schleswig War in 1864.
Sønderborg is a historic city that dates all the way back to the middle ages. Sønderborg Castle was established as a fortress in the first half of the 13th century and is known, among other
centre at Dybbøl Banke and the war in 1864. However, Sønderborg has much more to offer than the historic sites.
With a flourishing commercial life, a university, a concert hall,
a rich and diversified cultural life, an absolutely unique nature
Due to its location on the banks of the beautiful Als Sound and
and the domicile location of international companies such as
its beaches close to city, its harbour promenade with cafés
Danfoss and Linak, Sønderborg is also a city that each year
and restaurants, its view to the battlefields from the battle at
attracts tourists, students and business people from all over
Dybbøl – one of the most famous battles of Danish history, the
ships in the harbour and the lively shopping street just a few hundred meters away , Sønderborg is a popular destination for many tourists each year. EDUCATION
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Sønderborg is an international city with around 120 nationalities residing in the district. This is also reflected at the university
campus, which has the largest percentage of foreign students of all Danish universities. The university resides at Alsion – which functions as a combined education and knowledge centre and houses a state-of-the-art concert hall, where the symphony orchestra of the city and big names from Denmark and abroad regularly give concerts. EVENT CITY Sønderborg will be hosting the Jamboree Denmark 2017, where 40,000 scouts and about 20,000 family members and other guests will be visiting Sønderborg. On the list of future events in the city, you will also find events such as the visit from thousands of firemen to Sternfahrt, Stella Polaris, a visit from the Danish Royal Ballet and the cycling race Post Nord Danmark Rundt (the Tour of Denmark). As a tourist in Sønderborg, you will have ample opportunity for extraordinary experiences – Sønderborg are ready to welcome the largest cycling race in the world and promise the riders, the organisers, the cycling enthusiasts and all other guests a wonderful stay in Sønderborg.
3. POLITICAL SUPPORT
ELECTION DATES National Parliament
No later than June 17, 2019
November 21, 2017
The capital, the cities, the regions, the nation united!
November 21, 2017
All the involved event partners have expressed their full,
Long term planning is involved whenever Denmark is bidding
unconditional and strong political and financial support in
for an event. The political decision to back and support events
hosting the Tour de France Grand Départ in either 2019, 2020
is independent of party politics.
or 2021. Elections for the city and regional councils will be held This means
November 21, 2017, while the next general election will be held
• Full political support from the Danish government
no later than June 17, 2019.
• Full political support from regional and local governments • Free access to all competition areas
However, regardless of the outcome of the elections, the
• Guaranteed public funding of the event
political endorsements and the financial backing for this bid stand. The efforts to attract major events benefit from huge
The strong public commitment means that A.S.O. will be able to avoid any economic or organisational risks or challenges in connection with this event.
political and public support.
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OUR SUPPORT Bertel Haarder,
Troels Lund Poulsen,
Minister for Culture and Sport
Minister for Business and
“You can be assured of not only
my Government’s full support,
“It is my pleasure, on behalf of
but also of my personal promise
the Danish people, to invite the
to ensure that Tour de France
Tour de France to Denmark, and
Grand Départ will be guaranteed
I sincerely hope that you will accept the Danish invitation”.
the stature and commitment
Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor
Mette Frederiksen, Leader of
City of Copenhagen
the Social Democrats
“As Lord Mayor of Copenhagen I
“As leader of the biggest opposi
am very delighted to express my
tion party in Denmark, the Social
full support for the hosting of the
Democrats, I can guarantee that
start of the greatest cycling race
if the present government steps
in the world – Tour de France”.
down, we will give the same support to the start of the Tour Foto: Sten Brogaard
de France in Denmark as the present government”.
Foto: Jens Astrup
that such an important event
4. ORGANISATION TOUR DE FRANCE GRAND DÉPART
HOST CITY CONSORTIUM
Sport organisations of Denmark
• Prime Minister’s Office • Ministry of Business and Growth
• Capital Region of Denmark
• Visit Denmark
• Sport Event Denmark
• Wonderful Copenhagen
• The Region of Zealand
• Ministry for Sport and Culture
• Local visit organisations
• The Region of Southern Denmark
• National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation
On an operational level, a Danish general management will
directly with the management of A.S.O. The management will
be formed. The general management will work closely and
be responsible to the host city consortium board.
5. DANISH SPORT EVENT EXPERIENCE E G A P
GOVERNMENT SPORT EVENT
SPORTS EVENTS IN DENMARK
Denmark has worked ambitiously for many years to attract and
• UEFA Euro 2020
organize international sports events. The Danish national sport
• World Handball Championships 2019
event organization, Sport Event Denmark, was established
• World Sailing Championships 2018
in 1994 by the Danish Government and the National Olympic
• World Ice Hockey Championships 2018
Committee and Sports Confederation.
• European Short Course Swimming Championships 2017
Denmark is primarily focused on sports that have a strong foundation within Denmark, hence our very strong interest in cycling events in general and the Tour de France Grand Départ in particular. We recognize the importance of adding value to every event
• World Women’s Handball Championship 2015 • World Archery Championship 2015 • World Badminton Championships 2014 • World Half Marathon Championships 2014 • European Men’s Handball Championship 2014 • European Jumping and Dressage Championships 2013
we host and to every rights holder we work with. We always
• European Volleyball Championship 2013
strive to exceed the expectations of all our stakeholders.
• European Table Tennis Championships 2012 • World Road Cycling Championships 2011
long experience in successfully hosting a wide range of
• UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2011
international championships, we are committed to making
• World Track Cycling Championships 2010
each event a game changer.
• World Taekwondo Championships 2009 • IOC Session and Olympic Congress 2009
We always look for new ways of doing things and, with our
• Start of Giro d’Italia 2012
We always want to add something new to every event and our
Grown Event for its innovative parachuting freestyle Swoop
ambitious objective is that each event that comes to Denmark
Challenge that took place in 2015.
leaves better and more attractive than before. International sports events create economic impact and In the last decade, Denmark has welcomed over 250
attention to Copenhagen, and the increasing number of sports
international sports events, including a wide range of World
events are emphasizing Copenhagen as an internationally
Championships, European Championships and major sports
recognized sports city.
conferences and congresses.
The City’s Official Convention, Event and Turism Organisation
COPENHAGEN – AN ATTRACTIVE
for the Capital Region of Denmark is “Wonderful Copenhagen”.
SPORT EVENT METROPOL
Wonderful Copenhagen is responsible for bidding on sports
Copenhagen has a clear strategy for attracting major events
events in Copenhagen, mostly in great cooperation with a wide
to the Greater Copenhagen region based on factors such as
range of federal and governmental partners.
city branding, economic impact, national pride, volunteering, involvement, activation and environmental impact. Each year the Danish capital attracts almost 200 international congresses and sports events and in 2013 Copenhagen was ranked 7th best sports city in the world by Sportcal, an international provider of sports market intelligence. Recently,
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at the SportsBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards 2016
Copenhagen was awarded the Special Award for Best Home-
6. ACCESSIBILITY AND GETTING AROUND Copenhagen Airport is the main hub in Scandinavia and has
Copenhagen Airport has its own public Metro and train station
easy access from all continents. Copenhagen is an easily
located above and under the main arrival terminal. The journey
accessible and compact city in which most of the hotels,
to the city centre takes only 13 minutes and a full fare ticket
restaurants, venues, sights and shops are within walking
only costs between â‚Ź3.50 and â‚Ź5.
distance of each other. The city offers a highly efficient public transport system, which connects Copenhagen Airport and the large venues in the city in just a few minutes. FLYING INTO COPENHAGEN Copenhagen Airport is the largest airport in Scandinavia, and with non-stop flights from 157 international destinations and more than 4,000 weekly departures, Copenhagen is easy to access from all continents. In 2010, Copenhagen Airport opened a new terminal exclusively for low-cost carriers and today, 24.5% of the airlines operating E G A P
in Copenhagen Airport are low-cost airlines.
GETTING AROUND IN COPENHAGEN Thanks to its compact scale and extensive pavements, street crossings and pedestrian zones, Copenhagen is easy to explore by foot and is safe to walk around in day and night. Copenhagen offers a well-functioning infrastructure with 400 kilometres of bicycle lanes and an extensive public transportation system that connects the various areas of the city centre as well as the suburbs. Taxis are easy to hail on the street and most accept all major credit cards. All taxis are clearly licensed and operate at fixed mileage rates. If you prefer to experience the city the Copenhagen way, it is easy to get a hold of a bike. Most bike shops and hotels offer bikes for rent, while some hotels even lend bikes to their guests for free. The public transportation system works effortlessly in Copenhagen, connecting the various areas of the city by either bus, metro or S-trains. One ticket works for all transport means in Copenhagen â€“ even the yellow harbour buses.
GETTING AROUND IN DENMARK
A rich network of highly maintained highways makes it easy to travel on the road in Denmark.
Göteborg Alternatively, you can travel by train or by
plane to Billund International Airport, which is situated app. 30 kilometres from the city of Vejle.
Helsingborg United Kingdom
7. ACCOMMODATION G A P
TOUR DE FRANCE GRAND DÉPART HOTELS In Copenhagen, we propose • Hotel AC Bella Sky Copenhagen, • Hotel Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers • Hotel Marriott as the official Tour de France Grand Départ Hotels. All hotels HOTELS IN COPENHAGEN
are located close to the highway and close to city centre.
Copenhagen’s hotel capacity has expanded by more than 50% in the last 10 years, which means that the city now has around
Hotel AC Bella Sky Copenhagen and sister hotel,
21,100 rooms to meet every imaginable demand, budget and
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
• Onsite hotel, AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen ****
with 812 rooms
Within a one-and-a-half hour drive of Copenhagen, you can
• Sister hotel, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers ****
find a total selection of 31,000 rooms when including the rest
with 366 rooms
of the island and Malmø in Sweden.
with 384 rooms
Danish, family-owned chains, featuring hotels in all categories.
• 1,160 m2 of meeting space and 16 breakout rooms
70% of the hotels in Copenhagen are eco-labelled and all offer free Wi-Fi.
Please find an updated hotel list in the appendix.
• Hotel located on the waterfront, Mariott Copenhagen *****
such as Hilton, Marriot and Rezidor, as well as a number of
Copenhagen Marriott Copenhagen offers a wide range of international hotel chains,
HOTELS IN ODENSE AND THE TRIANGLE REGION, VEJLE When the Tour de France Grand DĂŠpart caravan moves out of Copenhagen, we can recommend a wide range of quality hotels in the area around Odense and The Triangle Region, Vejle. Both the City of Odense and the Triangle Region, Vejle offer quality hotels with a guarantee of 100% suitable accommodation for all guests. Odense has 1,300 rooms, all within a range of 20 minutes by car to Odense city centre. The Triangle Region has more than 3,000 hotel rooms. You will find accommodation for all budgets and also plenty of holiday homes, hostels and campsites around the region. Please find an updated hotel list in the appendix.
8. MEDIA Denmark is aware of the importance of providing the best
Odense, May 30th 2016
international sports events. We have proven experience
making the media feel welcome and ensuring they have the
tools necessary to cover the event.
Since 1990, TV2 Danmark has had the great pleasure to corporate closely with ASO to broadcast Tour de France to the Danish audience.
communications and press team, who will assist A.S.O. and your partners in setting up the best possible facilities and ensuring that the conditions for the media remain a key priority of the event.
During those years, your great race has become an essential part of the brand of TV 2. We believe, that bringing the Grand Depart of Tour de France to Copenhagen, will be a marvelous culmination of more than 25 years close relation with ASO and give the many Danish Tour fans a once in a life time experience TV2 Danmark look forward to working closely together with ASO and the partners behind the bid. Yours sincerely JOHN HANSEN Rights Acquisitions Executive TV 2 SPORT
M +45 20 24 39 27, T +45 65 21 36 32 email@example.com
TV 2 DANMARK A/S Rugaardsvej 25, DK-5100 Odense Teglholm AllĂŠ 16, DK-2450 KĂ¸benhavn SV www.tv2.dk
Within the Danish event organization, there will be a designated
possible working conditions for the media while hosting
9. BUILDING BRIDGES E G A P
A TOUR DE FRANCE
world. We would like for the route to be marked with yellow.
CELEBRATION ACROSS THE
Each city along the route will make their own celebration of
COUNTRY AND BEYOND
Tour de France Grand Départ. Even the Danish countryside will
The celebration of the Tour de France will not be limited to
contribute to the Tour de France celebration, as the rapeseed
Copenhagen. It will be a popular festival uniting a country
will bloom in July, colouring the fields yellow all over Denmark.
of Tour de France fans and fans of Le Tour from all over the We want to build bridges to a new generation of cyclists and Tour de France fans, as well as bridges between the Tour de France and Norway and Sweden by hosting a Tour de France, which will unite all of Scandinavia. BUILDING BRIDGES TO A NEW GENERATION OF CYCLISTS AND TOUR DE FRANCE FANS Cycling is an integrated part of Danish culture and most children can cycle by the time they start school. For Danes, cycling is a basic skill on par with walking and talking. In school, all children are taught about traffic rules, road safety and good cycling habits. But cycling is not only a skill – it is a passion.
unreal dream come true to experience the Tour de France in our
The Tour de France is a childhood friend, making it an almost
Tour de France, we believe we are a little ahead. With the Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen, Denmark would like to invite our Nordic neighbours to share our strong passion for the Tour de France. The Tour de France Grand Départ in Copenhagen, Denmark will give Sweden and Norway the best opportunity to experience Tour de France up close and we will make sure that the Grand Départ is not only a Danish event, Foto: Ursula Bach
but an event that will reach out to all of Scandinavia.
In order to warm up for the Tour de France Grand Départ, we
Furthermore, the proximity of the stages of Tour de France
want to get Danish school children across the country on their
Grand Départ in Denmark to the German border, also creates an
bikes and on the roads for the Danish National School Sports
expectation of a lot of German spectators at the stages.
Day. We could dress them up in yellow jerseys and they could receive school material with inspirational information about
the beauty, thrills, passion, dreams and history of the Tour de
In connection with the coverage of the Tour de France, the Danish television station, TV 2, each year arranges a Kids Race
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BUILDING BRIDGES TO OUR
for Danish children aged 3-12 years. To build a bridge to a new
generation of Swedish and Norwegian Tour de France fans
– SWEDEN AND NORWAY
and their parents, we wish to bring the Kids Race to Sweden
Denmark is the gateway to Sweden and Norway, who also
and Norway as well, in cooperation with the local television
have an interest in cycling. However, when it comes to the
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TRANSFORMING COPENHAGEN AND DENMARK INTO ONE LARGE CELEBRATION OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE We want to transform all of Denmark and its capital Copenhagen into one great Tour de France celebration zone. We have a lot of ideas on how to do that. Please consider the following side events as proposals for implementing a Tour de France celebration zone â€“ made in Denmark! YELLOW COPENHAGEN From the moment you arrive in Copenhagen until the moment you leave, you will never be in doubt that you are in the middle of a Tour de France celebration zone. For the occasion, we will create a yellow capital. Even at night, landmark buildings like Amalienborg Palace (the residence of the royal family), the Round Tower (17th-century tower and a trademark of Copenhagen) and Christiansborg Palace (the Government building) could be lit up in yellow. Copenhageners will be dressed in Tour de France colours and will welcome you in Tour de France attire.
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CYCLING FOR ALL ON THE
Grand Départ host cities, we propose to arrange bike-seeing
GRAND DÉPART ROUTE
tours in different neighbourhoods. The bike-seeing tours will
We would like to invite Tour de France fans from all over
of course take place on bikes and will take the participants on
the world to ride the unique Grand Départ first stage in
a journey through the cities – illustrating how the Danish cities
Copenhagen, passing by many of the historic sites in the city
are organized to fit the cyclists.
centre, including Amalienborg Palace, the Danish Parliament and the National Bank. The concept is still to be developed and approved by A.S.O.. However, our intentions are that everyone will have the opportunity to ride the first stage in Copenhagen as a kick-off for the Tour de France celebration. We know it would be a dream come true for many fans to “participate” in the Tour de France and we would be happy to organize a cycling for all race as a tribute to the Tour de France. We had great success hosting a mass participation race at the World Half Marathon in 2014, where recreational runners ran the 21.0975 kilometres together with the professional athletes. In total 30,000 people from 72 nations ran together through the
To show all the local hot spots of our Danish Tour de France
streets of Copenhagen on a spring day in March 2014.
THE GRAND DÉPART IN DENMARK WILL START WITH A HUGE PUBLIC FESTIVAL IN THE CENTER OF THE DANISH CAPITAL – COPENHAGEN Team presentation Two days before the start of the Tour de France in Denmark, a huge event will be organized for citizens and all other spectators Danish or foreign at the Copenhagen City Hall Square. Everyone can attend free of charge. During the public festival, the 22 cycling teams participating in Tour de France will be presented. The riders and the sports directors will be riding approximately 800 meters through the pedestrian street so that the riders can feel the atmosphere and intensity amongst the citizens and other spectators. The riders and the sport directors will ride up to the big stage where they will be presented and interviewed. Music Concert Shortly after the presentation of the last team, Copenhagen will host a big concert with some of Denmark’s most popular music bands.
IT WILL BE A BLAST OF A GRAND DÃ‰PART - TOUR DE FRANCE IN DENMARK
APPENDIX A. VISA - A WARM WELCOME Denmark is a country that welcomes visitors from all nations around the world with open arms and takes them to its heart, whilst entertaining them in its famed Danish way. Denmark is happily lacking in the bureaucracy that dominates the entry and exit formalities of many countries, and as a member of the European Union, Denmark has joined the
Schengen Agreement, which ensures the free mobility of people within the EU. Although stricter controls are imposed on visitors from countries which are not signatories to the Schengen Agreement, all delegates and their guests and all accredited media will be made welcome in Denmark for the Tour de France Grand DĂŠpart. The Danish organising committee will coordinate all visa issues with the appropriate governmental authorities in order
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to simplify the entry.
APPENDIX B - SECURITY Denmark is one of the safest countries in the world. Copenhagen is one of the safest capitals in the world. The Danish police, in close cooperation with the Organising Committee, will have the ultimate responsibility for security during the Tour de France Grand DĂŠpart. The police are supporting the event and have supplied security for the Danish EU Presidency as well as the official visit of US President Obama and other dignitaries with great success. Previous events have given the police substantial experience and international recognition for their ability to keep Copenhagen and Denmark safe and ensure a relaxed atmosphere for all participants. In Denmark we can supply plenty of qualified, experienced volunteers to assist the police in maintaining order and security, and will form an additional security team to cover all issues from arrival at the airport, to local transport, hotels and more. The team will be managed by and consist of experienced security consultants, as well as police officers.
APPENDIX. C. - HOTEL LISTS - COPENHAGEN NUMBER OF STARS
NUMBER DISTANCE OF ROOMS CITY CTR.
COPENHAGEN 5 *****
NUMBER OF STARS
NUMBER DISTANCE OF ROOMS CITY CTR.
COPENHAGEN 17 (40 in 2017)
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Hotel Skt. Petri
Hilton Copenhagen Airport
Marriott Hotel Copenhagen
Radisson BLU Royal Hotel
AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
71 Nyhavn Hotel
Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen
Axel Hotel Guldsmeden
Comfort Hotel Vesterbro
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
Hotel Copenhagen Island
First Hotel Copenhagen
First Hotel Kong Frederik
First Hotel Mayfair
First Hotel Twentyseven
Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center
Hotel Kong Arthur
Hotel Park Inn Copenhagen Airport
Hotel Skt Annæ
Scandic Palace Hotel
Quality Airport Hotel Dan
Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel
Scandic Hotel Copenhagen
Scandic Hotel Sydhavnen
Scandic Hotel Webers
Scandic Kødbyen (opening 2018)
Glostrup Park Hotel
NUMBER DISTANCE OF ROOMS CITY CTR.
NUMBER OF STARS
NUMBER DISTANCE OF ROOMS CITY CTR.
First Hotel Marina
First Hotel Høje Taastrup
Copenhagen Go Hotel
Best Western Mercur Hotel
Brøndby Park Hotel
Moxy by Marriott (open fall 2016)
Clarion Collection Hotel Mayfair
Copenhagen Star Hotel
Danhostel Copenhagen Amager
Danhostel Copenhagen City
Arp-Hansen Hostel Vesterport (opening summer 2017) Urban House
Omena Hotel Copenhagen
Scandic Hotel Eremitage
Scandic Hotel Glostrup
Scandic Hotel Hvidovre
NUMBER OF STARS
APPENDIX. C. - HOTEL LISTS - FYN/ODENSE
NUMBER OF ROOMS
ODENSE Cab Inn Odense
NUMBER OF ROOMS
Hotel Nyborg Strand
City Hotel Odense
Clarion hotel Plaza
Signatur Hotel Storebælt
Comfort Hotel Windsor
Hotel Villa Gulle
First Hotel Grand
Radisson Hotel Odense
Best Western, Hotel Knudsens Gård
Severin kursuscenter Middelfart
Hotel Sixtus Middelfart
Scandic Hotel Odense
Best Western, Hotel Odense
Næsbylund kro og hotel
Middelfart resort og konferencecenter
Fangel kro og hotel
APPENDIX. C. - HOTEL LISTS - TRIANGLE REGION/VEJLE
NUMBER OF ROOMS
FREDERICIA Hotel Gammel Havn - Fredericia Sømandshjem
Best Western Hotel Fredericia
STAR Hotel & Restaurent
NUMBER OF ROOMS 120
Sdr. Bjert Kro
VEJLE Bredal Kro
Comwell Kellers Park & Spa
Motel 59, DTC
Vejle Center Hotel
Scandic Jacob Gade
Sinatur Hotel Haraldskær
Hotel Kolding City
First Hotel Kolding
Park Hotel Vejle
32 1143 2469
APPENDIX. D. - LETTERS OF SUPPORT
Christian Prudhomme General Director of Tour de France Amaury Sport Organisation
MINISTER FOR BUSINESS AND GROWTH
Minister for Culture
Amaury Sport Organisation
9 June 2016
Ministry of Culture 2 Nybrogade DK-1203 Copenhagen K Tel Fax E-mail Web
LETTER OF SUPPORT - GRAND DÉPART in DENMARK With this letter of support I aim to continue the positive dialogue with you and the Amaury Sport Organisation regarding a possible start of the Tour de France in Denmark, which was initiated during your visit to Copenhagen in November 2015 and continued during my visit at your race, LiegeBastogne-Liege, in April 2016. Denmark is a proud cycling nation with a great love for cycling. More than 12.000 kilometres of road is dedicated to cyclists and half the Danish population ride their bike several times per week. We bike whether there is sun, rain or snow. We bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings. We also have extensive experience with hosting major cycling events, such as the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen in 2011. Denmark is therefore a natural starting point for the greatest and most important cycling race in the world – the Tour de France. Hosting a Grand Départ and welcoming the best cycling teams to Denmark would be an excellent opportunity for us to further promote the Tour de France and cycling sport in general in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. It is therefore my pleasure, on behalf of the Danish people, to invite the Tour de France to Denmark, and I sincerely hope that you will accept the Danish invitation. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.
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+45 33 92 33 70 +45 33 91 33 88 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kum.dk
MINISTRY OF BUSINESS AND GROWTH
Slotsholmsgade 10-12 1015 Copenhagen K Denmark Tlf. +45 33 92 33 50 Fax. +45 33 12 37 78 CVR-nr. 10092485 EAN nr. 5798000026001 email@example.com
Tour de France Grand Départ
I am writing to you as Minister for Sport and Culture to confirm my Government’s support of the Danish bid to host the Tour de France Grand Départ. In Denmark, we have a huge passion for cycling and indeed also for the world’s greatest cycling race Tour de France. Therefore, it would be a great honour for Danish sport and for all the people of Denmark to welcome you here. Denmark already has considerable experience in hosting major international events, incl. the prestigious IOC Session & Olympic Congress in 2009, the World Road Cycling Championships 2011 and the Start of Giro d’Italia 2012. You can be assured of not only my Government’s full support, but also of my personal promise to ensure that Tour de France Grand Départ will be guaranteed the stature and commitment that such an important event deserves. I very much look forward to welcoming you to Denmark.
Bertel Haarder Minister for Culture
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Troels Lund Poulsen DocNo. 16/01440-7
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LETTER OF SUPPORT - GRAND DÉPART (TOUR DE FRANCE) IN DENMARK
We are all very proud to announce our support for a start of Tour de France in Denmark. As chairmen of three of the five regions in Denmark that are expected to lend their roads to a Grand Départ in Denmark, we feel committed to be part of making this huge event a great success. We are looking forward to showing the whole world how cycling is part of our everyday lives in all the cities of our regions and it will be a great chance for us to demonstrate how the Danes love sports in general and that cycling is one of our most attractive and popular sports. Since all regions strive to create the best quality of life for their citizens, creating the best possible opportunities for riding bikes is something that we all care deeply about. To host the biggest cycling race in the world will fit our respective cycling strategies perfectly. We are very much looking forward to bid you welcome in Denmark. Yours sincerely, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen Chairman of the Capital Region of Denmark
Stephanie Lose Chairman of the Region of Southern Denmark
Jens Stenbæk Chairman of Region Zealand
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