Cycling through the center of Utrecht and being cheered on by a few hundred thousand people: what a powerful feeling that must give. On 4 and 5 July 2015, Utrecht will be the cycling capital of the world. The second stage of the Tour de France can already be tried out now.
This cycling tour follows the start of the second stage of the Tour de France, with the start at Croeselaan. For a platoon of about 180 men, cycling through the center of Utrecht is quite tight, but don't worry: the agreement is that the official starting shot is only fired at't Goylaan. Until then, neutralized cycling will take place. The cyclists therefore stay together and will not pass at 45 kilometers per hour or faster. It even gives them the opportunity to take a look around.
Via the Vondellaan and the Bleekstraat, the tour takes you past all the beautiful places that the city center of Utrecht has to offer: from the Oudkerkhof and the Ganzenmarkt to the Janskerkhof and the Maliebaan. You can even cycle under the Dom Tower. It seems that Tour boss Prudhomme definitively chose Utrecht when he heard the Domcarillon de Marseillaise play...
The cycling tour heads west to Leidsche Rijn, the largest new-build location in the country. It is not yet known where the second stage will end. The Tour de France is not called Tour de France for nothing, so there is a very good chance that the pro peloton will head south after Leidsche Rijn.
This cycling tour continues in a northwesterly direction, to Breukelen. After the historic city center and the new construction of Leidsche Rijn, it is time for lambs, apple blossom, pollard willows and cheerful cows: the countryside.
The first village is Haarzuilens, best known for De Haar Castle. After Haarzuilens, hamlets and Breukelen follow, and then it continues along the meandering Vecht, in the direction of Maarssen. There is plenty to see along the way: from passing boats to country estates with the typical tea houses. The 112 meter high Dom, icon of the city, gradually comes into view again.
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