Ghent is ready for the Tour
9 July 2007, GHENT – Ghent is getting ready for the arrival of the second stage of the Tour de France. The city expects more than 250,000 cycling fans, VRT news reports.
9 July 2007
GHENT – Ghent is getting ready for the arrival of the second stage of the Tour de France. The city expects more than 250,000 cycling fans, VRT news reports.
The cyclists will start this afternoon in Dunkirk and are expected to reach Ghent at about 5.15 pm. Stands and VIP boxes have been constructed along the route over the past few days. The finish line was officially marked this morning at 4.30 am.
The city council of Ghent expects that more than 250,000 cycling fans will come to watch the event. Special transport arrangements have been put in place to accommodate this.
Nine extra park & ride locations and 4,000 extra bicycle parking places have been set up. More than 500 police will be on hand.
There will also be a number of VIPs in attendance. Prince Philip will be seated in a box in the stands and will meet the winner of the stage.
A delegation will also be on hand from the Dutch city of Utrecht to observe the organisation of the event. Utrecht wants to organise a stage of the event in a few years' time.
The organisation of the arrival of the second stage of the Tour in Ghent has taken several months of preparation from the city and province. Each is contributing half of the EUR 500,000 needed for the event.
Mayor of Ghent Daniël Termont however says that the publicity generated by the Tour is of inestimable value.
"This event is broadcast in 185 countries. 18 million people will see Ghent on television for 15 minutes during the finale," Termont says.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news