German city will host the opening stages of the 2017 Tour de France, kicking off with a 13-kilometre individual time trial Tony Martin time trial by Watson A 13-kilometre individual time trial on the banks of the Rhine in German city Düsseldorf will start the 2017 Tour de France on July 1. The news follows Düsseldorf’s successful bid to host the opening stages of the French grand tour last month.
Organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) confirmed the opening stages of the 2017 Tour on Thursday morning at a press conference in Paris. Another press conference will take place in Düsseldorf itself later today.
The 2017 Tour had originally been scheduled to start in London , but the bid was withdrawn at an advanced stage for financial reasons, opening the way for Düsseldorf to step in.
“Based on the stage profile, Tony Martin has the best shot at wearing the legendary yellow jersey in his home country at the end of the opening day,” read a press release.
“The stage will start opposite the Messe fair grounds, following which the riders will roll down the banks of the Rhine for several kilometres before crossing it twice and heading for Königsallee, the city’s most iconic […]