Tour de France 2017 to start from Dusseldorf

Paris, Dec 22 (IANS) German city Dusseldorf will host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2017, the organisers of the prestigious annual cycling competition announced on Tuesday.

Le Tour wrote on the Twitter “Grand Depart 2017: Dusseldorf #TDF2017” to confirm the news, reports Xinhua.

The city council narrowly voted 40-39 in favour of applying last month after London withdrew for cost reasons.

It will be the fourth time in the cycling race’s century-old history to start in Germany after Cologne in 1965, Frankfurt in 1980 and Berlin in 1987.

And following the 2014 edition in Leeds, England and 2015 in Utrecht, Netherlands, it will be the 22nd time in total that the Grand Depart has taken place outside of France.

The organisers, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) said that more details will be available at a press conference on January 14.

Next year, the Tour will start from Mont St Michel in Normandy.

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