The Tour de France, followed by several teams and riders, expressed Sunday "its compassion" to "all the Danish people" following the shooting in Copenhagen, which occurred 48 hours after the opening time trial of its 2022 edition, held in the capital of Denmark.
"The Tour is particularly shocked and saddened by the tragedy that has just struck Copenhagen," said the organizing company (ASO) at the start of the evening.
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“Its inhabitants had given the runners one of the most fantastic welcomes in history, forging deep bonds with all the followers.
The entire Tour caravan offers its most sincere condolences to the victims and their families,” added ASO.
“Touched and shocked”
The tragedy occurred in a large shopping center in Copenhagen and a suspect, a 22-year-old Dane, was arrested, according to police sources.
"We don't yet know for sure how many are injured or dead, but it's very serious," Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen said.
Several riders, transferred to France by plane at the end of the third stage, reacted to the tragedy.
“Denmark was a great start.
The first three stages were the expected big show.
But all this has lost importance now, delivered on social networks John Degenkolb, among one of the first to speak.
We have just landed in Lille and are both touched and shocked by the news from Copenhagen.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and individuals there.
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