Skip to main content

LeBlanc visits Utrecht

Tour de France boss Jean-Marie LeBlanc made a low-key visit to the Dutch town of Utrecht last weekend to inspect the town's facilities in respect of its bid to host the start of the Tour de France in 2009.

LeBlanc's visit was practically incognito, with only a few Utrecht civil servants notified of his arrival. LeBlanc's aim, it seems, to get a feel for the city without the hoopla that usually accompanies an inspection by the head of the world's largest annual sporting event.

"This is the ultimate affirmation that Utrecht has become a very serious candidate," Jeroen Wielaert told Utrechts Nieuwsblad. Wielart, the Dutch journalist who initiated the push for Utrecht to host the Tour's grand depart more than three years ago, said that the idea was initially greeted with skepticism, but that had been overcome with the the setting up of a foundation to work on bringing the Tour to the area and the support of the municipal council.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

after your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1