The Tour de France 2017 starts in Düsseldorf

In the 114 years of the Tour de France’s history, Düsseldorf is the fourth German city where the Grand Départ – the official start of the tour of France – will take place. Cologne, Frankfurt and lastly Berlin (1987) were the only German hosts to date. The first highlight of the four-day programme is the team presentation on 29 June, as of 6.00 pm on Burgplatz. The 22 professional teams will be introduced and interviewed. This is followed by a bicyclist parade through the Old Town (Altstadt) – for cycling fans surely the best opportunity to experience the 198 professionals at close range.  


The first sporting highlight is the individual time trial on Saturday, 01 July. The 14-kilometre-long circuit starts at 3.15 pm at Messe Düsseldorf and goes through the Old Town (Altstadt), crosses the Rhine and goes back to the Messe Düsseldorf. On Sunday (start: at 12.00 noon), the 2nd day‘s stage goes from Düsseldorf to Liège – 206 kilometres through the surrounding area of Düsseldorf to Liège in Belgium. When for the first time after 30 years, the Tour de France has its start in Germany again, approximately one million fans are expected to come to the world‘s largest cycling event.