The Danish capital is the global reference point when it comes to urban cycling, with one in every two journeys made by bicycle. While this is the very first time the city has hosted the Tour de France, cycling’s elite has gathered here on several occasions. Indeed, Copenhagen tops the list of cities that have held the world championships, hosting the inaugural edition in 1921, which was only open to amateur riders, followed by the championships of 1931, 1937, 1949, 1956 and 2011. Mark Cavendish, the co-record holder for Tour stage victories, won the road race at the last edition, while Arnaud Démare won the under-23 event. Back then, a young Dane called Mads Würtz Schmidt proved fastest in the world junior time trial championship. Ten years on, he’s wearing the Danish champion’s jersey in the peloton.
- New stage town
- Capital of Denmark (5,800,000 inhabitants)
- Population: 602,000 (Copenhageners), 1,330,000 within the 18 municipalities comprising the Greater Copenhagen area