Tour de France 2015: Race to get under way with time trial in Utrecht
The 'Grand Depart' of the 2015 Tour de France will take place in Utrecht with a short individual time-trial.
Last Updated: 01/12/13 2:18pm
The Dutch city will also host the start of stage two, although race organisers gave no further details.
"After two editions which will have begun with a race to the line [this year in Corsica and 2014 in Yorkshire, England] we are returning to the traditional time trial," said Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, before explaining why it wasn't classed a prologue.
"International Cycling Union [UCI] rules stipulate that the maximum distance for a prologue is 8km."
A rider cannot be eliminated after a prologue, no matter how far behind the winner he finishes, but for a normal time-trial, there is the standard time-based cut-off point.
Utrecht is the sixth Dutch city to stage the Grand Depart of cycling's marquee race. Amsterdam was the first in 1954, followed by Scheveningen (1973), Leiden (1978), 's-Hertogenbosch (1996) and Rotterdam (2010).