“You need a goal, no matter how big or small," our founder and former Chair of the Board, Bitten Clausen, once said.
After 182 km, the Tour de France stage 3 finished in Sønderborg, the hometown of Danfoss and Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation. We are proud that the town in 2022 have received both the title “Global Capital of Energy Efficiency” and target city in the Tour de France.
The first of the two titles were given to Sønderborg by Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, during the organizations international conference in Sønderborg held on the 8.-9. of June 2022.
At the finishing line of the Tour de France in Sønderborg, Per Egebæk Have, Chairman of the Board of Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation, handed out the white jersey at the ceremony after the race. The plain white, young rider classification jersey is awarded to the fastest under-26 rider at the Tour de France. First introduced in 1975, riders such as Laurent Fignon (1983), Jan Ulrich (1997), Alberto Contador (2007), Andy Schleck (2010), Egan Bernal (2019) and Tadej Pogačar (2020) have all won the White Jersey.
In Sønderborg it was once again Tadej Pogačar who won the shirt. He is a 23 years old professional rider from Slovenia, who has a contract with UAE Team Emirates. Tadej Pogačar won the Tour de France in both 2020 and 2021.
Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation congratulates all winners of the stages in Denmark and wishes the best of luck to the winner of the white jersey, the future, and the youth of Tour de France.