Tour de France to start in Dusseldorf

It will be the 22nd time in total that the 'Grand Depart' has taken place outside of France. It will be the third time in four years that the world's most prestigious cycle race begins outside of its homeland following 2014 in Leeds, England and 2015 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

It will be the fourth time Germany hosts the start of the Tour.   -  Reuters

The 2017 Tour de France will start in Dusseldorf, organisers announced on Tuesday.

It will be the fourth time Germany hosts the start of the Tour and the 22nd time in total that the 'Grand Depart' has taken place outside of France.

It will also be the third time in four years that the world's most prestigious cycle race begins outside of its homeland following 2014 in Leeds, England and 2015 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

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

The news pleased some of the peloton's German riders, including John Degenkolb, who wrote on Twitter:





Sprint king Marcel Kittel, who won four stages on each of the 2013 and 2014 Tours before missing this year's edition, said Christmas had come early.