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Tour de France express condolences to victims of Copenhagen shooting

Fans cheer during the Team Presentation for the Tour de France Grand Depart in Copenhagen
Fans cheer during the Team Presentation for the Tour de France Grand Depart in Copenhagen (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The Tour de France organisers, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), has expressed their condolences to the victims and their families of a shooting at a shopping mall centre in Copenhagen that left several people dead and injured on Sunday.

"The Tour de France (opens in new tab)assures the Danish people of its sympathy and compassion in this time. The Tour is extremely shocked and saddened to hear of what has happened in Copenhagen," ASO wrote in a statement.

"The people of Copenhagen had given the peloton one of the greatest welcomes in the sport's history, forging deep bonds with all its followers. The entire caravan of the Tour de France sends its sincerest condolences to the victims and their families."

Many riders and teams also offered their condolences via social media. 

The Tour de France Grand Départ was held in Denmark,  with the opening time trial stage (opens in new tab) around Copenhagen on Friday, July 1. For several days the riders, teams and the Tour de France caravan of close to 4,000 people stayed in the Danish capital.   

The race then moved on to Roskilde and Nyborg for stage 2 (opens in new tab) on Saturday and then Vejle and Sønderborg for stage 3 (opens in new tab) on Sunday. The race transferred from Sønderborg to northern France on Sunday evening, with riders taking a series of flights as the rest of caravan flew later or drove the 900km to Calais for the first rest day on Monday.

The shooting location, at a Field's shopping mall, was approximately one kilometre from the Tour de France headquarters at the Bella Centre, an exhibition and conference center in Copenhagen.

The suspect, a 22-year-old Danish man, was arrested near the shopping mall, said police inspector Soren Thomassen, head of the Copenhagen police operations unit, according to a report in the CBC.

"We know that there are several dead" and "several injured," Thomassen told a news conference, adding that terrorism can't be ruled out at this stage. Authorities have said that it is too early to provide exact figures.

The capital's main hospital, Rigshospitalet, had received a "small group of patients" for treatment from the incident, possibly more than three, a spokesperson told Reuters

It had called in extra staff, including surgeons and nurses, the spokesperson added.

Police have advised those still in the mall to stay where they are and await police assistance, and have advised the public to stay away from the area.

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Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.