70 years on from the Tour de France’s first foreign Grand Départ in Amsterdam, just a little further north, Rotterdam is hosting the women’s Grand Départ for two days and three stages. It’s a symbolic gesture, a mark of confidence in and recognition of a nation that has provided women’s cycling with a host of champions, as well as of a city that has been made a four-star “Cycling City”, the highest level that can be achieved, and is doing everything it can to encourage people to get around by bike. Popular success is guaranteed in the heart of this great port city which, among other events, has already offered its imposing setting to a previous Grand Départ, that of the Tour de France in 2010.

- Municipality in the province of South Holland (Netherlands)
- Population: 635,000; 1,425,000 within the metropolitan area; 7,100,000 within the Randstad conurbation


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