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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 08, 2013 5:40 am

Utrecht chosen for start of 2015 Tour de France

The Associated Press

Utrecht will host the start of the 2015 Tour de France, making it the sixth Dutch city to stage the "Grand Depart" of cycling's marquee race.

The city said in a statement on Friday it was "extremely happy with this enormous economic, cultural and tourism impulse."

Details of the opening stage of the race will be announced on Nov. 28.

Amsterdam was the first Dutch city to host the Tour's opening, in 1954. Since then, the race also has started in Scheveningen (1973), Leiden (1978), `s-Hertogenbosch (1996) and Rotterdam (2010).

Cycling is a popular sport and means of transport in the Netherlands, but only two Dutch riders have won the Tour: Jan Janssen in 1968 and Joop Zoetemelk in 1980.