The Tour de France has in recent decades became more and more an international event, with the Grand Departs taking place in countries neighboring and nearby France. A step that hasn't been taken however is a start outside of Europe, but that may soon change as there are big signs that the 2030 Tour could start in Canada.
Stephane Boury, member of the ASO and responsible general commissaire for the arrival of Tour de France stages is currently in Montréal, Canada, and has shared a message on Twitter that "the Tour is becoming international". He has revealed there is currently a plan of having four stages in Canada to start off the 2030 edition, an incredibly surprising piece of news.
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Although distant, it is a very clear sign of the intentions to host the start of the Tour outside of Europe, and in a country that already hosts several World Tour events in the GP de Québec ad GP de Montréal. The country is set to host the 2026 World Championships in Montréal and chances are that the Grand Depart of the Tour will also take place in the city.
In the next season the race will have it's start in the Basque Country in the city of Bilbao, whilst the 2022 Tour de France has seen the riders start over in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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