Dutch cycling association KNWU has filed an arbitration case with the international cycling union UCI against Tour de France organization ASO. According to the KNWU, ASO still owes them 140 thousand euros for the Tour start in Utrecht this summer and is refusing to pay it.
Police officers from across the Netherlands performed protest actions around the Tour de France stage in Rotterdam on Sunday. They were protesting for a better collective bargaining agreement.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute expects a cloudy but warm day for the start of the Tour de France on Saturday. Temperatures could reach up to 36 degrees and there is a chance of some storms in the eastern parts of the country on Saturday afternoon.
A total of 198 racers from 22 teams arrived in Utrecht on Thursday for the start of the 2015 Tour de France. The racers were presented to the public at an outdoor festival in Lepelenburg Park, where fans gathered to see their favourite cyclists
The police unions have decided not to stop the media caravan during the Tour de France state on Sunday. Instead they will protest by cycling out in front of the media caravan. They will also hang banners off the Erasmus bridge.
The police have called off the action planned during the start of the Tour de France in Utrecht on Saturday, the unions announced on Tuesday.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice and Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has asked the police unions to cancel their planned delay actions during the Tour de France stages in Utrecht and Rotterdam this weekend.
Temperatures are expected to rise to tropical heights in the Netherlands this week. From Wednesday the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute expects maximum temperatures above 30 degrees
The police unions are planning protest actions during the two Tour de France stages that are taking place in the Netherlands, news agency ANP reports. These actions form part of the police's 15 week long protests for better a collective bargaining agreement.
Nijmegen officials called a report from an Italian website “absurd” saying that the 2016 Giro d’Italia will kick off from the Gelderland city. The report calling it the official starting point of the 2016 Giro d’Italia cycling race comes from cycling site Tutto Bici, and is sourced to Nijmegen cycling activist Jos Sluijsmans.
The Red Cross' call for volunteers has so far led to about 1 thousand people volunteering to become first-aiders, Omroep Gelderland reports. The Red Cross still needs another thousand volunteers to help out at major events in the Netherlands this summer.
The Dutch Red Cross is desperately looking for 2 thousand new volunteers to help out on the many events organized in the Netherlands this coming year, NU reports.
After winning bids for the 2015 Tour de France and 2010 Giro d'Italia determined Utrecht as the starting place for both bicycle races, the Business Platoon Utrecht (BPU) wants to make the city the starting point for famed Spanish cycling race, La Vuelta, as well, AD reports. This would make Utrecht the only city in the world to have hosted all three major cycling races.
The German electronic band Kraftwerk will play at the launch of the Tour de France in Tivoli Vredenburgh in Utrecht on July 3rd, 3voor12 reports.
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.
World-famous German electronic music group Kraftwerk will spend eight consecutive evenings on the main stage of Amsterdam's Paradiso, the band said. The band plans to perform one of their top eight albums during each performance, followed by sets made up of their additional work.
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.
In The Netherlands, almost 7.5 million people watched the match between Oranje and Costa Rica at home, according to data from the viewership research organization Foundation Kijkonderzoek. A similar number of tweets were sent out about the match on Sunday.
The Netherlands-based cycling team sponsored by Belkin has announced the selection of their Tour de France cyclists earlier this week. Seven Dutch will travel to the starting line in Leeds, England where this year's Tour begins.
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.
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The Netherlands is likely to host the Tour de France in 2015, the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported.
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.