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Triple Tour treat for the Dutch

The Netherlands will hold the start of all three Grand Tours in the next year, as Giro d'Italia organisers announced over the weekend that next year's race will start in Amsterdam.

The Dutch will host the start of this year's Vuelta a España on August 29 with an individual time trial in Assen, to be followed by two additional stages in the country.

The Giro d'Italia will visit the Netherlands for the second time since 2002. It will start in Amsterdam, and stay in the country from May 6 to 10.

The Tour de France will round out the Dutch honours, as the 2010 Tour starts in Rotterdam. The first stage will be a nine-kilometre individual time trial through the city on July 3. The race leaves the country the next day as it rides along the windy North Sea coast to end in Antwerp, Belgium.

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