The greatest women riders sprint to the finish line in Haderslev on Sunday 27 August after racing for more than 700 km over six stages from Mysen in Norway. Tour of Scandinavia is a Scandinavian stage race of World Tour-level crossing through three countries: Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Spectators along the routes will have fun and festivities and the opportunity to once again experience the intense drama of cycling, just like at last year's edition and the start of the Tour de France in Denmark.
For years, Denmark has positioned itself as one of the world's best cycling nations and destinations. With the Tour of Scandinavia this summer, Denmark stays in the lead. The race will showcase the Danish DNA of cycling from elite to cycling for all. The final stages are organized so both riders and spectators get the best conditions: flat, fast stretches, hills, and curves, and finally a mountain sprint, which could be decisive for the overall standings.
Today, the routes of this year's Tour of Scandinavia were announced at a press conference hosted by the Danish Cycling Federation and Norway's race director together with the Danish start and finish cities, the Triangle Region Denmark and Sport Event Denmark.
5th stage, Saturday 26 August: Herning-Herning 16.4 km
For the first time, a single start will be run in the Tour of Scandinavia. It will be a 16.4 km long route with start and finish in the center of Herning.
6th stage, Sunday 27 August: Middelfart-Kolding-Haderslev 144 km
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The final stage of the Tour of Scandinavia begins in Middelfart and ends in Haderslev and with an 800 m long finish hill, which will probably create excitement about who will win the prestigious last stage.
Henrik Jess Jensen, chairman of the Danish Cycling Federation:
"The World Tour race Tour of Scandinavia is coming to Denmark again this year. After four stages in Norway, the last two stages will be on Danish soil. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the world's best female riders compete against each other. Women's cycling and the number of World Tour teams and professional riders are growing worldwide – just as the interest in women's cycling is developing. In the Danish cycling clubs, more and more girls also start cycling. It makes me happy because we have to help create even more Danish top riders. A major event such as the Tour of Scandinavia can contribute when the Danish riders and role models compete against the world's elite. I look forward to August and to welcoming the world elite to Denmark.”
Race director Anders Eia Linnestad:
"Tour of Scandinavia 2022 was a great success, and the start in Denmark gave the race a new dimension compared to only having stages in Norway. The cross-border cooperation in Scandinavia is central to this project, and we are very happy to present a concept with a finish in Denmark. The combination of stages in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark requires a major logistics operation, especially in connection with the transport between Larvik in Norway and Herning in Denmark. As organizers, we are nevertheless convinced that this year's combination of stages will be very well received. This year's Tour of Scandinavia has a completely different profile to the 2022 edition. Already in the first stage, the riders are tested in the tough finale in Halden. There is a greater variation in the stages compared to last year. For the first time this year, we also have a single start, and there will be a battle for the yellow jersey right up to the last pedal stroke in Haderslev. We are really looking forward to the final stages of the race in Denmark. Here, everything is planned for a festive setting both in Herning, Middelfart, Kolding, and Haderslev.”
Lars Lundov, director of Sport Event Denmark:
"The world's top riders will have the best possible conditions for the final stages of the Tour of Scandinavia this summer. Now we have seen the routes, and they have been designed with the expertise of the Danish Cycling Federation that has many years of experience as a host of large, international cycling races. We will see hill sprints and excitement until the finish. It’s a known secret that we in Sport Event Denmark dream of more major, cycling events. The Tour of Scandinavia is on the road and the UCI Road World Championships are now at the top of our wish list.”
Thomas Kastrup, Sport Event Manager for the Triangle area:
"We are happy that already one year after the ultimate cycling year with the Tour de France stage and the Worlds in the MTB Marathon, we have succeeded in attracting the next big cycling event to the Triangle Region in collaboration with the Danish Cycling Federation and Sport Event Denmark. The final stage of the Tour of Scandinavia has both start and finish in the Triangle region, and clearly supports our strategic focus on attracting cycling and outdoor events. We are looking forward to welcoming the female world elite and not least to sending the pack of riders out on a stage that offers both sporting challenges and a beautiful presentation of everything that the Triangle Region has to offer with epic landscapes, historical attractions, and vibrant urban environments.”
The four other stages (Norway/Sweden):
1 stage, Tuesday 22 August: Mysen – Halden
2nd stage, Wednesday 23 August: Tanumstrand – Strömstad
3rd stage, Thursday 24 August: Vikersund – Norefjell
4th stage, Friday 25 August: Kongsberg – Larvik
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