Tour de France 2015 Stage 1 preview: Utrecht (ITT), 13.8 km

There’s a saying in the Netherlands that the money is earned in Rotterdam, divided up in The Hague and spent in Amsterdam. Quite where this leaves Utrecht, the country’s fourth city and the host of the Grand Départ of the 102nd Tour de France is anybody’s guess, but as the Dutch religious centre, maybe it’s where the love of the money is disapproved of as the root of all evil.

For the 20th time the Tour starts outside France. It’s also the sixth time the Tour has started in the Netherlands - the first ever foreign Grand Départ was in Amsterdam in 1954, and the most recent visit the race has made was to Rotterdam in 2010.

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