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Best value MAPS of FRANCE, and keeping the children amused

UPDATE: This year’s Tour de France, starts on Saturday 4th July

TOUR DE FRANCE 2015

Running from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th 2015, the 102th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of map_route3,344 kilometres (before ratification).

These stages have the following profiles:

  • 9 flat stages
  • 3 hill stages
  • 7 mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes
  • 1 individual time-trial stage
  • 1 team time-trial stage
  • 2 rest days

6 new stage cities

Utrecht, Zélande, Livarot, La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Muret, Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest.

Grand Depart . . . Utrecht on the move with 100 days to go

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Eagerly awaiting the peloton, Utrecht received a visit from Christian Prudhomme and no fewer than four Tour de France champions: Bernard Hinault, Bernard Thévenet, Jan Janssen and Joop Zoetemelk. The city is all fired up -its inhabitants need no cues from star cyclists to hop onto their bikes.

There is always a buzz of cycling in the air in Utrecht, but today it got even more intense.

The 14 km time trial that will kick off the 102nd Tour de France in the great Dutch university city is just over three months —100 days— away. As the biggest sports event ever held in Utrecht gets closer and closer, mayor Jan van Zanen invited Christian Prudhomme to again visit the sites that will host the race this summer. Two other guests, Bernard Hinault and Bernard Thévenet, were reunited with their old foe Joop Zoetemelk, as well as the first Dutch winner of the Tour, Jan Janssen (1968). The Tour scouts rode along the canals that give Utrecht its special flavour at a much more relaxed pace than the riders.

The guests, naturally aware of the huge importance of soft mobility in cities, were amazed at the sprawling development on the premises of the Utrecht train station where the world’s biggest bicycle shelter is being built. Still in awe at the scale of the project, which will have room for over 12,000 bicycles, the Tour de France boss was delighted with the shared values: 

“This is the country of cycling and, even more so, the city of cycling. As well as races that keep us on the edges of our seats, we also have a passion for promoting cycling for everyone. Of course, this is what attracted us to this place, and I hope our visit in July will inspire lots of cities to follow this example”.

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