"Shocked" Tour de France organisers have sent their "sympathy and compassion" over Sunday's shooting in Copenhagen, days after the city hosted the race's Grand Depart.

At least three people were killed in the incident at a shopping centre in the Danish capital, with several others injured.

Denmark has played host to the first three stages of the 109th edition of the race this year.

"The Tour de France assures the Danish people of its sympathy and compassion in this time," a statement issued by organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) read.

"The Tour is extremely shocked and saddened to hear of what has happened in Copenhagen.

"The people of Copenhagen had given the peloton one of the greatest welcomes in the sport’s history, forging deep bonds with all its followers.

"The entire caravan of the Tour de France sends its sincerest condolences to the victims and their families."

The next stage of the Tour de France will run on July 5, with riders taking on a hilly stage between Dunkirk and Calais.