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The Hague to bid to host Tour de France Grand Départ

Published: 9 April 2021Modified: 9 April 2021

The Hague and Rotterdam are launching a joint bid to bring the start of the Tour de France in 2024 or 2025 to the Netherlands. If their efforts succeed, the 1st stage of the annual road bicycle race will start in Rotterdam and end in The Hague.

The start of the Tour de France is known as the Grand Départ. Since the 1950s it has typically taken place in a different town each year and since the 1970s it has been common to award the Grand Départ to cities outside France to increase international interest in the competition and the sport. The tour starts this year in Brest (France), next year in Copenhagen (Denmark) and in 2023 in Bilbao (Spain).

In May Rotterdam will present its project plan (bid book) to host the Grand Départ in the Netherlands to the organiser of the Tour de France (Amaury Sport Organisation). At that time more details about the plan will be revealed.

Tour for all residents of The Hague

If the tour is brought to the Netherlands, all kinds of sporting activities and cycling events will be organised in The Hague prior to the Grand Départ. The event should help to improve the health of city residents. It should become a tour for all residents of The Hague. The event will impact the entire city by stimulating the local economy, tourism and sports.

Watch the video The Hague joining Rotterdam’s bid for the Grand Départ

Route

The route of the 1st stage will take cyclists past well-known spots in The Hague. But it will also take them along areas of the city which the municipality aims to give a boost, such as The Hague Zuidwest (Escamp city district).

2nd Grand Départ in The Hague

The route of the 1st stage will take cyclists past well-known spots in The Hague. But it will also take them along areas of the city which the municipality aims to give a boost, such as The Hague Zuidwest (Escamp city district).

Watch the video Start of Tour de France (1973)
From left to right: aldermen De Langen (Rotterdam) and Bredemeijer (The Hague). They are working together to bring the Tour to the Netherlands. Photo: Captains
From left to right: aldermen De Langen (Rotterdam) and Bredemeijer (The Hague). They are working together to bring the Tour to the Netherlands. Photo: Captains