Tour de France 2015, a flash visit

Tour de France in Rotterdam, 5th of July 2015
Exactly five years after the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, Rotterdam again was the backdrop of the largest cycle event in the world. Even if only for a few seconds.

Photo gallery Tour de France in Rotterdam

From the heart of Holland to the Dutch coast

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 the 2nd ride (166 kilometers long) of the Tour de France 2015 took place. The route ran from Utrecht via Montfoort, Oudewater, Gouda and Rotterdam to the artificial island Neeltje Jans in Zeeland province. A great ride from the center of the Netherlands to the Dutch coast.

After starting on the Croeselaan in Utrecht, the peloton pulled gently along the old canals and the Dom Tower. The official start was at the Galgenwaard stadium, from where the riders headed for Leidsche Rijn, De Meern, Montfoort, Oudewater, Gouda and Waddinxveen.

Tour de France in Rotterdam for two minutes

The peleton traversed Nieuwerkerk and Capelle aan den IJssel on their way to Rotterdam. In Rotterdam they drove the Abram Rijckevoorselweg and Maasboulevard. After 80.5 kilometers, the runners battled an intermediate sprint at the Boompjes along the river Maas. Jan Bárta was in the lead at that moment.
Through the Hofplein and Coolsingel the riders took the famous Erasmus bridge, where the Tour de France started five years ago.

The second part of the route went through Rhoon, Spijkenisse and Hellevoetsluis and then over the Haringvliet to Ouddorp. Finally the peleton arrived on Schouwen-Duiveland, via the Brouwersdam. The final kilometers they raced along Renesse and Burgh-Haamstede before they finished on the artificial island Neeltje Jans.

André Greipel’s sprint to victory

The fastest sprinter in the finals was André Greipel. He ended up first, just before Peter Sagan. Alberto Contador and Chris Froome gained time on Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali. Fabian Cancellara came in third and took the yellow jersey. Dutch runner Tom Dumoulin got the white jersey.