Rotterdam opens Tour de France office
Rotterdam mayor Ahmed has opened the so-called ‘Permanence’ of the Tour de France.
For the next couple of days, the headquarters of the organisation organising the cycling race will be located at the Ahoy stadium in the south of Rotterdam. The Permanence is the beating heart of this major cycling event. In addition to the offices of tour organiser Amaury Sports Organisation, it also features a press centre for the more than 1,000 journalists covering the Tour.
The official opening of the headquarters included a small ceremony. Mayor Aboutaleb held a speech. Former Tour champion Joop Zoetemelk had been drummed up to sing a cycling song with a youth choir in front of the cameras. The prologue of the Tour de France will be held in Rotterdam on Saturday. And, one day later, the port will also host the start of the first stage of the Tour.
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