The Netherlands will change from orange to yellow this summer as Utrecht hosts Le Grand Depart (the Grand Start) of the Tour de France in July. Yellow because it’s the signature colour of this French tradition.
After five years, the festive start of the famous cycling race returns to the Netherlands, marking a record sixth time that the race starts in the Netherlands, more than any other country outside of France. When asked why tour organisers seem to favour the Netherlands, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme cites not only the country’s geographical location, but its enthusiasm for the sport. This characteristic zeal was noted in 1954 when the first launch of the tour outside of France occurred in Amsterdam. L’Equipe, a French national newspaper dedicated to sports, wrote: “All of the Netherlands