The 2017 Tour de France will start in Dusseldorf. The news was confirmed by Tour director, Christian Prudhomme, on France Info this morning.

London had previously expressed an interest in hosting the Grand Départ. However in September, Leon Daniels of Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that the race would not be returning to the British capital. It’s believed that the news came just one day before contracts were due to be signed.

This year’s race started in Utrecht, Holland and the 2016 edition begins in the Manche region, near Mont St. Michel, in northern France.

It will be the fourth time that the race has started in Germany. In 1965, the race started in Germany for the first time in Cologne. The 1980 Tour which was won by Joop Zoetemelk started in Frankfurt and seven years later, the race started in West Berlin.


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