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Friday, February 17 2017 - 23:10
Dusseldorf Gears Up for the Grand Depart 2017
DUSSELDORF, Germany, Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

     Duesseldorf is where the heart of bicycle racing beats in 2017: 30 years 
after the Tour-de-France start in the divided city of Berlin in 1987, the 
world's most important bicycle race is finally set to start again in Germany 
and Duesseldorf awaits the start of the legendary French race.

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    The Grand Depart kicks off with the presentation of the teams on Thursday, 
29 June, at 6 pm (scheduled time). On Friday, the Lichterfest (festival of 
lights) at Schloss Benrath offers the audience classical music under open 
skies, a romantic illuminated palace and breath-taking fireworks. At the same 
time, the official reception of the Grand Depart Duesseldorf 2017 is to be held 
there. On Saturday, the 1st stage starts as an individual time trial - planned 
start time: 3.15 pm (publicity caravan from 1.45 pm). On the evening of the 1st 
of July, the KRAFTWERK 3-D Open Air Concert for the start of the Tour de France 
with special guest AIR is to be held in Ehrenhof. On Sunday the second stage is 
set to start in Duesseldorf - scheduled start time: 12 am (publicity caravan 
from 10 am).

    In addition, the hosting of the Grand Depart includes many further bicycle 
events in 2017. The big start of the event programme will be "Bonjour le Tour" 
on Saturday, 25th March at the Town Hall from 12 am on - with culinary delights 
from Cafe Velo, live music and an Eiffel Tower made of Lego bricks. The day 
concludes with the Nacht der Museen (museums night). There's also to be a new 
addition to the RADschlag app: alongside the existing, recommended bike routes, 
the official 1st stage of the Tour de France 2017 will be added as a special 

City of Duesseldorf     
Amt fuer Kommunikation     
Kerstin Jackel-Engstfeld     
Telefon: +49-211-8993131     

SOURCE: City of Duesseldorf