Scandinavian cycling bodies team up for new Women’s WorldTour event

Cycling bodies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden have joined forces to launch a UCI Women’s WorldTour event which they claim will be the Tour de France for female athletes.

Organisers of the Ladies Tour of Norway (LToN), the WorldTour-race in Vårgårda, Sweden and the Danish Cycling Union (DCU) say the Battle of North will launch in 2021.

While the idea originated from the LToN, the Battle of North is the result of what is termed a unique cooperation between the three countries. The new concept is set to be comprised of 10 stages over 11 days.

This will break down to three stages apiece for Denmark and Sweden, with Norway to host four, including the final stage. The LToN and Vårgårda are set to form part of the new event, which will be held in August at the same point in which the existing races are staged.

“We are planning for the world’s elite on site, millions of TV viewers and of course thousands of spectators along the course,” Roy Moberg, race director of the Ladies Tour of Norway, said.

Kjell-Erik Kristiansen, who is responsible for media at LToN, added: “We are working with the biggest TV channels in the three countries and even in this area it’s a unique cooperation between three countries and they find it both interesting and exciting.”

The Battle of North will be the first-ever WorldTour race for women in Denmark. Its launch will coincide with the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, which is also set to be staged in Copenhagen in 2021.

“It has been important for us to help create a race that matches the rapid development of Danish and international women’s cycling, and the ambitions are very large,” DCU president, Henrik Jess Jensen, said.