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Dusseldorf to stage Tour De France's Grand Depart in 2017

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The German city of Dusseldorf will stage the 2017 Tour De France's Grand Depart, the Amaury Sport Organisation have announced.

Thirty years after the Tour last started in what was then West Germany, cyclists will return to the country for the beginning of the 104th edition of the race.

Cologne, Frankfurt and West Berlin have all been venues for the peloton's departure since the Tour's start was first taken out of France in 1954, with the 2017 race the 22nd to begin outside of French borders.

This year's race started in the Dutch city of Utrecht, 12 months after thousands of fans flocked to Leeds to see Chris Froome and company off, while the 2016 Grand Depart is in Mont-Saint-Michel in north-west France.

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