Stage 2: Roskilde – Nyborg
A historic start in front of Roskilde Cathedral, a windswept sprint across the Great Belt Bridge, and a spectacular finish in Nyborg – just wow. Also, when it comes to the sustainable solutions and projects that the peloton will pass.
Kalundborg Symbiosis: The world’s oldest and leading industrial symbiosis is located in Kalundborg and creates profits through a circular approach to production. Benefiting locally and inspiring the rest of the world. Kalundborg Symbiosis is a partnership between thirteen public and private companies in Kalundborg. Since 1972, the partners have developed the world’s first industrial symbiosis with a circular approach to production. The main principle is that a waste stream in one company becomes a resource in another, benefiting both the environment and the economy. By sharing and reusing resources, it is possible to both save money and minimise waste. The symbiosis creates growth in the local community and supports the green transition.
Lerchenborg Solar Park: Inaugurated in 2012, the Lerchenborg solar energy plant was Scandinavia’s biggest at the time. It consists of 248,730 individual solar panels distributed over 80 hectares (equivalent to 125 football fields). With a capacity of 61 MW, it can generate enough renewable energy to cover the annual electricity consumption of 30,000 households. Denmark aspires to quadruple its current production of solar and onshore wind energy before 2030.
Sprogø offshore wind farm: Sprogø Offshore Wind Farm is located between Danish islands Zealand and Funen. It has a 3 MW capacity which can cover the annual electricity consumption of approximately 16.000 households. Clearly visible from a neighboring bridge, 25 million. people pass by the wind farm every year. Today, Denmark’s offshore wind capacity is 2.3 GW – political agreements have been made to add 16 GW before 2050. In total, it can cover the electricity consumption of approximately 18 million European households.
Rabalder Park: Rabalder Park is a rainwater installation disguised as a park and skate area. Even though the purpose of the park is to lead rainwater away, you will also find trampolines, swings, hammocks, fitness tools, and small hills with grill and seating areas. Sculptural rain steps lead the water down to a rainwater reservoir, which is also a popular ‘hang-out’ area. The park has won several awards because of its innovative solution to rainwater challenges and has been a finalist for two international design and climate awards. Rabalder Park is open all year round and entrance is free.
Roskilde Energy Tower: A giant landmark towers alongside the highway on the ridge above Roskilde, dominating the landscape. The Energy Tower is a rust-colored wall full of holes, which wraps around a state-of-the-art combined heat and power plant. This spectacular complex and its 98-meter-high tower engage in direct dialogue with Roskilde Cathedral two km away. When the project was presented under the name “The Cathedral”, many residents found the proposed edifice overly dominating in the medieval town’s skyline. Once built, however, the Energy Tower won over many of the sceptics. As you approach the building, its peculiar geometry and heavy body become evident, resembling an aquatic creature from legendary tell tales. But the Energy Tower is particularly charming when viewed under the cover of night. The coloured light shining through the holes in the building’s facade brings the architecture to life. The two furnaces in the Energy Tower generate electricity for nearly 44,000 households and district heating for approximately 61,000 households.