Foreign Grand Départs for the Tour de France might be fun, but we should put a cap on them

Adam Becket

News editor at Cycling Weekly, Adam brings his weekly opinion on the goings on at the upper echelons of our sport. This piece is part of The Leadout, a newsletter series from Cycling Weekly and Cyclingnews. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. As ever, email – should you wish to add anything, or suggest a topic.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Barcelona will host the start of the 2026 Tour de France, meaning that four out of the last five Tours will not start in France – Copenhagen 2022, Bilbao 2023, Florence 2024, Barcelona 2026.

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