As well as a start in Strasbourg, the 2006 Tour de France have road stages in Germany, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has confirmed during a visit to Europapark Rust.
"The 2006 Tour will start in Strasbourg," he said. "There are also more stages in Germany planned."
According to Tour de France boss Jean-Marie LeBlanc, seven German cities have applied to host stages of the 2006 Tour, including Freiburg which played host to the Tour five years ago. A decision is expected in the autumn about which cities the Tour will visit.
This year's Tour will also spend a couple of days the other side of the German border, passing through Rastatt and Ettlingen to Karlsruhe. The following day the race will start in Pforzheim and ride through Bad Herrenalb, Bühl, Achern und Offenburg before returning to the Alsace.