Unpicked-up dog feces has dropped to third place on a city-compiled list of what most annoys Amsterdam, reports Het Parool.
The Italian cycling race Giro d'Italia will spend 3 days in Gelderland in 2016. The race, which begins in Apeldoorn, will also spend a day in Arnhem and surroundings.
The south-eastern Dutch province Limburg is vying for a Tour de France stage in 2016. Putting a stage in the province would be a coup for Dutch cycling, with the 2015 launch of the race also scheduled in the Netherlands.
Police are trying to track down the driver of a car that barrelled into a group of cyclists sending two girls to the hospital. Eight girls were biking on Lavallestraat in Someren, Noord-Brabant on Friday when a light-coloured car struck several girls from behind.
Tourism in the autumn season remains popular among the Dutch, as 1,3 million people plan to take a few days to themselves. More than 700,000 will remain in the Netherlands, while 600,000 will go abroad, reports NBTC Holland Marketing.
Dutch cyclists Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen of the Dutch Rabo Liv team have been brought to hospital Monday morning after crashing their bicycles during the team time trial at the World Cup, the Algemeen Dagblad reports. On Twitter, Van der Breggen has announced that she is unable to take part in the race.
According to a CNN list of the world's best cycling cities, which rewards aspiration, ambition and progress, Utrecht is featured as the best city in The Netherlands, among other surprising cities in the world.
Team Belkin will be sponsored by De Lotto in a new sponsor deal for the cycling team. This means that the team's existence after this season is guaranteed. The deal was made on Sunday night via a conference call.
A family bicycling through Vught were hit by a drunk driver on Saturday evening. One of the cyclists had a two-year-old boy on the back. The boy was left with a head injury after the collision.
Tour de France organisers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) announced that the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France will be an individual time-trial, the AFP news agency reports.
Director Christian Prudhomme told Nos television that Utrecht will host the Tour de France 2015.
The Netherlands is a perfect country for cycling. The country’s newly-built architectural project, The Hovenring, has become one of the cyclists’ favorite place, according to The Huffington Post Canada.
A cheap Dutch rental bike system known as Bike & Go will be applied in 50 railway stations in the UK beginning on August 13, according to BikeBiz.
Soon-to-be mothers in Amsterdam are participating in activities and exercises during pregnancy to help them stay fit.
Dutch National Champion Johnny Hoogerland has won the Saturday ‘Profronde van Tiel’, a one day race held every summer in Tiel. The rider from Vacansoleil defeated at the finish Bauke Mollema of team Belkin, the number 6 of the Tour de France, in a sprint à deux. At an appropriate distance Bobbie Traksel became third.
In Tiel a separate race for women also took place, which was won by Marianne Vos. The Olympic and world champion defeated in the final sprint Dutch champion Lucinda Brand, her teammate at Rabobank-Liv/Giant. Ellen van Dijk finished third.
Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam, ‘Bau and Lau’, took part in the first ‘criterium’ after the Tour de France in Boxmeer, Limburg. The winner of the Tour de France, Christopher Froome was not present in Boxmeer, but rode the criterium in Aalst Belgium, and won.
The Queen stage of this years’ Tour de France was won by Christophe Riblon. Froome gained time on most rivals.
Two times the riders had to climb Alpe d’Huez and such a stage will go into the history books. Riders who are not interesting for the general classification this year, have in such a stage a good chance to ride themselves into the picture.
Riblon in the history books
And so it happened that good riders who, because of injuries or bad shape didn’t contend for the first three spots in Paris, attacked fanatically on stage 18.
Christopher Froome took the win in the tough TT over 32km with two category 2 climbs. Only the Spanish Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez came close to the yellow jersey.
During the exciting finale of stage 16, Alberto Contador fell during the descent almost causing Chris Froome to fall too.
Stage 16 from Vaison-La-Romaine to Gap started immediately with attacks. No attacks from the contenders of the general classifications but from riders who desperately want to earn some money. The first break out was of a group of 20 riders where later on 11 more cyclists joined. This group didn’t make it and was caught after just 29km.
The riders had a well deserved rest on Monday but they don’t think about resigning to the overwhelming power of Christopher Froome.
Alberto Contador admits that Froome is in good shape and that it will be difficult to beat him on the climbs. The cunning Spaniard however, thinks that there are always tactical possibilities and he is still in the race for the first spot. “Position number two as well as position number ten don’t count, I go for number one.”
While on Friday his main competitors won time on Froome, he put everything back to order on Sunday when he won the stage to Mount Ventoux.
Friday was a very surprising stage. Stage 13, which was supposed to be a ‘boring’ one, became a thriller instead. It was well-known that the riders would encounter hard winds during the flat stage. Only a few teams saw the advantage of these hard winds.
Marcel Kittel won stage 12 in a man-to-man fight with Mark Cavendish. It’s the third sprint victory of the German rider from the Dutch team Argos-Shimano.
As expected stage 12 from Fougères to Tours ended in a mass sprint. What was not expected was that Marcel Kittel took the win. The final kilometer was a difficult one, with two 90 degrees curves, and most people bet their chances on Mark Cavendish.
Stage 11, an individual TT over 33km from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel, was powerfully won by the German rider Tony Martin of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.
The Tour de France is a tough sports event where cyclist can be injured badly. Stage 10 showed again the dangers of a mass sprint. Mark Cavendish and Tom Veelers touched each other and Veelers went down at 65 km/hr.
This years’ Tour is not different than previous Tours. Every year riders get injured. Broken ribs, wrists, arms, concussions and scrapes happen almost every day. With high speed the riders hit the asphalt and it is sometimes amazing that they are still alive.