Rotterdam hosts start of Tour de France 2010
Rotterdam is picked because it is closer to the 2010 route and can promote the idea of using bicycle as an urban mode of trasport.21 November 2008
ROTTERDAM – The organisers of the Tour de France have announced that the 2010 tour will start in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.
Organisers say Rotterdam is chosen because it is a big city which will help promote their ideas on using the bicycle as an urban mode of transport. Rotterdam is also closer to the route of the 2010 tour.
AD reports Tour director and decision maker Christian Prudhomme is "a man of the new world, a man who thinks in pictures. And those pictures all fell into place when he took a helicopter flight over the Port of Rotterdam back in 2005."
AD points out that the environmental issue was an important one: "Rotterdam's campaign for cleaner air and reducing traffic in the city centre [...] were music to the ears of an environment freak like Prudhomme."
Other cities that applied to host the 97th Tour include Utrecht. The Tour de France has begun in the Netherlands on four previous occasions.
In 1954, Amsterdam became the first non-French city to host the Tour.
[Radio Netherlands / David Doherty / Expatica]