Sports Round Up: Organizers of the Tour de France visit Denmark to review the route

Sports Round Up: Organizers of the Tour de France visit Denmark to review the route

The postponed Tour de France begins with a Tour de Denmark in 2022. With a year left before the flag falls on the first stage, representatives from the Amaury Sport Organization are in Denmark to inspect the five start and finish cities.

Riders will enter through Copenhagen, Roskilde, Nyborg, Vejle and Sønderborg from 1-3. July.

“When the Tour de France starts next year in Copenhagen, it will be one of the biggest sporting and media events we have ever had in the country. It requires careful planning. We look forward to a fantastic cycling and folk festival all over the country, ”said Alex Pedersen, head of Grand Départ Copenhagen.

New parks and centers for the five cities
Stéphane Boury and Yannick Goasduff, who are responsible for the finish and start areas, started their tour in Denmark on Monday.

Among other things, there are plans to build a fan park and a media center in each of the five cities.

The start of the Tour de France was to be held in 2021, but due to the pandemic, the European Championship in 2020 was moved to 2021. To avoid a clash between major events in Copenhagen, the Tour de France was also postponed by one year.

Restrictions complicate the countdown to the Euro Championship
The European Championship starts in a month, but the plans for big screen events and fan zones are plagued by uncertainty thanks to the coronary restrictions. “We hope that the ‘Football Village’ at Ofelia Beach and the events on the big screen at City Hall Square and Øksnehallen can continue, even though it is in poor capacity,” said Mayor Lars Weiss in Copenhagen. Denmark will play their first Euro match against Finland on June 12, and DBU takes no chances with coronavirus: national players have no contact with family or friends during the tournament.

The world’s largest padel tour comes to Denmark
Denmark is hosting its first worldwide Padel Tour tournament in the spring of 2022. Organized by the Padel Club and PadelPadel, the Danish Padel Open will introduce many people to a double racquet sport played with a large ‘bat’ and tennis-like ball. It’s big in Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Portugal – so expect a heavy presence from these nations. No Dane is good enough to qualify, but some of the country’s paddle players have a chance to qualify through a ‘wildcard’ system designed to spread the competition.

Danish basketball star wows in Russian league as he aims for the NBA
The Danish player Gabriel ‘Iffe’ Lundberg has been named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in VTB, the Russian basketball league, which is considered one of the best in Europe. The 26-year-old CSKA Moscow player started the season at Polish club Zielona Gora – who is also part of VTB – where he played 18 games averaging 20.4 points, 5.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds. But the Dane had already seen a bigger team and moved to CSKA Moscow in the middle of the season. Speaking to TV2, Lundberg said that he “felt very, very close” to the NBA, where no Danish players have ever competed. Lundberg joins the NBA Summer League this year in hopes of being seen on a US contract.

Denmark beats Sweden on ice hockey for the first time in its history
Denmark beat Sweden 3-2 in a World Cup warm-up match on Thursday – their first ever victory over the Swedes. The two national ice hockey teams have met 21 times, including 11 World Cup final matches, and Sweden has so far dominated each showdown. The Danish team triumphantly confirmed that they had “broken the curse” on their Facebook page. Sweden, however, is a proud ice hockey nation and will no doubt bring the big guns when the two teams meet again on May 22 at the IIHF World Cup in Latvia.

Danish athletes to be vaccinated before Tokyo Olympics, Minister confirms
Denmark’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff receive vaccines donated by Pfizer-BioNTech via the International Olympic Committee. “It is gratifying that we receive specially dedicated vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech for the Danish Olympic athletes. This guarantees our athletes a vaccine without affecting the Danish vaccination program, “said the Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke to TV2. The Olympic Games run from 23 July to 8 August 8 and the Paralympic Games from 24 August to 5 September.

Lucky European Championship draw for Denmark, but does it hold?
Despite being reigning Olympic and world champions, Denmark was just another level in Thursday’s draw for the 2022 Men’s European Handball Championship. The Danes play Slovenia, Northern Macedonia and Montenegro, where the two best go through. With cautious optimism, experts agree that the group could have been much worse. “I think we and Slovenia are favorites to move on. But looking ahead, we could get an insanely tough half of the draw. We could meet Hungary at home, plus France and Croatia, “said national coach Nikolaj Jacobsen. So Thursday’s good draw may not turn out to be as congratulatory as it seems.

Danish NHL player hits career milestone
Danish ice hockey star Oliver Bjorkstrand has hit a milestone of 300 games in the American NHL for his team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bjorkstrand scored twice and had an assist in the 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.
“Now I keep an eye on game number 500, and the big dream is to reach 1,000 games in the NHL. Not many players succeed. It could be good if it was possible, ”he said. The Dane sits beautifully as the club’s top scorer with 42 points. He has both scored the most goals and made the most assists this season.

Christensen tipped to become 15th Dane to play in the Champions League final
The last Dane on the pitch in a Champions League final was Christian Eriksen in 2019, and Andreas Christensen may be the next if the Chelsea player is selected to face Manchester City on 29 May. Christensen is a tip to play after helping the Blues to see free Real Madrid in last Wednesday’s semi-final victory. Meanwhile, he stayed in England, Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was the man of the match when his side beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the FA Cup last Saturday.

Pernille Harder misses Champions League medal again
It was the third time unfortunate for Pernille Harder when she lost her third Champions League final. Her previous two defeats came as a Wolfsburg player, but this time it was with her new club Chelsea with permission for a 0-4 thrash by Barcelona. A week earlier, it had all been smiles after the Blues won the Women’s Super League – their second title this season – making it a fifth time in a row that she won a double. Harder won both the German championship and the cup in all four seasons where she played for Wolfsburg.

Asgreen wins single start and Volta to the Algarve
Kasper Asgreen continues to impress this season and rises to third place after winning the fourth stage of the Volta ao Algarve road race in Portugal. The Danish rider won the 20.3 km race on Saturday in 23 minutes and 52 seconds and pushed Rafael Reis into second place by three seconds. Earlier this year, Asgreen won the Saxo Bank Classic and then jumped the competition into the 254km Tour of Flanders – claiming Denmark’s second ever victory.

Superliga: Lyngby moved down while rivals Vejle hold up
Lyngby’s surprising 3-4 losses at home against relegated Horsens have cemented their downfall from the Superliga. With three rounds left, Horsens and Lyngby have already been relegated. Meanwhile, Lyngby’s rivals Vejle Boldklub secured their survival with a 4-2 victory over SønderjyskE.

dansk curlers score a ticket to the Olympicss
The Danish curling team for women beat Scotland on Friday and saw them through to the medal matches at the world championships and obtained them qualification for the upcoming Olympics.

Brentford in with a chance at the Premier League
Danish-owned English club Brentford, who finished third in the championship, lost their first stage 0-1 at home to Bournemouth last night, leaving them with a hill to climb in the return leg on Saturday to keep their dream of Premier League football alive . A series of four victories leading up to the playoffs counted nothing for a Brentford side aiming to reach the top tier for the first time since 1947. Last year, they finally reached the playoffs only to lose to Fulham.

Source: The Nordic Page

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