Norway considers bid for 2022 Tour de France grand départ

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Norway could stage the Tour de France’s grand départ in 2022, which would make it the first Nordic nation to host the launch of the cycling race.

Following the success of recent starts outside France, of which there have been an increasing number, Stavanger in the south-west of Norway is being lined up as a possible host for the event in five years’ time.

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