Aachen wants the Tour de France

Aachen, Germany, wants to host the Tour de France. The city, located in the far west of Germany on the Belgian and Dutch border, has applied for the start and finish of a stage, as well as a time trial through the three-country region. Aachen has experience with major sporting events, as it hosted the World Equestrian games this month.

The city's slogan for the Tour is "Three Lands - One stage". Belgian and Dutch officials are cooperating in the application.

The city is hoping to participate in the Tour 2008, says Mayor Jürgen Linden. The region expects that the combination of stage start and finish plus time trial would cost about €400,000.

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