Tour de France could start in Norway
Foreign starts at the Tour de France, and at Grand Tours in general, are becoming a much more regular occurrence and highly sought after. According to a report on Procycling.no, Norwegian oil company Statoil is looking to bring the Grand Tour to Stavanger, on the western coast of the country, to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.
Tour de France organiser ASO already has a foothold in Norway with the 2.HC Arctic Race of Norway.
This year’s Road World Championships will also be held in Bergen – the second time that the country has held the road worlds after first hosting them in 1993.
The report also says that the local governments of Stavanger and the country capital Olso could see a new race brought to the region at the same time as the proposed Grand Depart.
Norway is home to 10 WorldTour riders, including Edvald Boasson Hagen and Alexander Kristoff. It also hosts six UCI categorised races, including the Arctic Race of Norway, the Tour de Fjords and the Women’s WorldTour event the Ladies Tour of Norway.
The Tour de France is due to start in the Vendee region of France next season, while Brussels will play host to the Grand Depart in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first Tour de France win.
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