Next year’s event has also been brought forward a week – it was originally scheduled to start on July 2, but will now start on June 26, to ensure it arrives in Paris on July 18.
This will mean he will avoid coming into conflict with the postponed Olympic Games cycling events, which are now due to take place in Tokyo, Japan on July 25.
Copenhagen will still host the Tour Grand Départ, but it will now happen a year later than expected, in 2022.
Brittany will not only host the start of the race, but will also host the first four stages of the 2021 route.
These have now been revealed by a news source The Telegram as:
- 1st step: Brest to Landerneau (Saturday June 26)
- 2nd step: Perros-Guirec to Mûr-de-Bretagne (Sunday June 27)
- 3rd step: Lorient to Pontivy (Monday June 28)
- 4th step: Redon in Fougères (Tuesday June 29)
The 2021 race will be the 108th of the famous event.
The destination of the first stage, Landerneau, was not a big surprise.
His candidacy had long been promoted by his magistrate, Patrick Leclerc, who is the cousin of Michel-Édouard Leclerc. Michel-Édouard is originally from Landerneau and is the president and director of the large retail giant of the same name.
The company (E.Leclerc) has been one of the five premium partners of the Tour de France since July 2019, and sponsors the “red polka dot jersey” awarded to the “king of the mountains” (the rider who earns the most points to reach mountain peaks first).
The third stage was described as “historic” by Olivier Philippot, of the Véloce-club cycling club in Pontivy in Morbihan, because there has never been a finish in Pontivy.
After the first four days and stages in Brittany, the fifth stage of the race will take place in Mayenne, arriving in Laval on the night of Tuesday, June 29.
The announcement that Brittany will host the first four stages of the Tour was hailed as a great victory for the region.
During a press conference, the president of the Brittany region, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, declared: “This is an important moment for Brittany, for the Bretons and for the Tour. We are honored and proud to have been able to respond when the Tour asked, not to fill a gap, but to correct a change in schedule due to the changes in Euro 2020.
“Brittany and cycling have a long history.”
This will be the seventh time that Brittany has hosted the start of the Tour de France, it is the only region in France except Paris to have hosted the event more than twice.
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