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Grand Départ der Tour de France
Tour de France & mehr
Thursday, 29.06.2017
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    The Tour de France is one of the most famous cycling races in the world. The around 3,500-kilometre race traditionally ends on the L’Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The location of its start – the Grand Départ – varies, however, occasionally taking place somewhere in Europe outside France. This year Düsseldorf has been chosen for the Grand Départ – the fourth German city in the Tour’s over 100-year history, after Cologne (1965), Frankfurt (1980) and West Berlin (1987).

    The first item on the Grand Départ programme is the introduction of the teams on Burgplatz from 18:00 on 29 June. All 198 participating cyclists will be introduced on a stage with entry and exit ramp, before they glide on their high-tech wheels across the Marktplatz and the Untere Rheinwerft (the lower Rhine wharf) as far as the Apollo Theatre on Johannes-Rau-Platz.

    The cyclists are split into 22 teams. They include Marcel Kittel who is riding for the Quick-Step Floors team. After four stage wins and two days wearing the yellow jersey in 2013 and 2014 Kittel, who lives in Erfurt, was named the world’s fastest sprinter. A lengthy illness followed and Kittel had to get back into shape. He succeeded, winning two stages at the Giro d’Italia 2016 and wearing the pink jersey for winners in the general classification.

    Jersey colours also play a major role in the Tour de France. The yellow jersey may be worn by those with the fastest overall time inclusive of all time credits or penalties. Green is worn by the leading cyclists in the sprint classification, while white identifies the best-placed cyclists under 26 years of age. The white shirt with red dots is given to the best cyclist in the mountains classification.

    The cyclists will cover the first stage of the Tour de France 2017 on 1 July. The individual time trials will extend over 14 kilometres around the Düsseldorf city area. The second stage starts one day later from Burgplatz.

    More information about the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf and the Tour de France is available at and


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