The Tour de France leaves Denmark via two-hour flights and 900km drives

QuickStep-AlphaVinyl Tour de France 2022 cars transfer day Denmark
QuickStep-AlphaVinyl's fleet of cars will have faced a long trip south to France on Monday (Image credit: Wout Beel/QuickStep-AlphaVinyl)

There may have been no racing at the Tour de France on Monday, though it wasn't a usual Grand Tour rest day with riders, staff, and organisers facing the longest transfer in the race's history as the race moved from Denmark down south through Germany, and Belgium to northern France.

The riders had it relatively easy, with each team filling out six chartered flights to Lille and Calais on Sunday evening after stage 3. While the majority of teams took the flights put on by race organisers ASO, Israel-Premier Tech had the luxury of a private jet.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix