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Netherlands, a site for Tour de France, is a paradise for cyclists

Netherlands, a site for Tour de France, is a paradise for cyclists

The world's most famous bike race, the Tour de France, gets rolling July 4 in the Dutch university town of Utrecht. Spandex-clad pro cyclists will spend two days in the pancake-flat plains of the Netherlands before moving down to Belgium and on to France. This marks a record sixth time the Netherlands has hosted a Tour de France start, more than any nation outside the race's namesake. It's a good fit given how beloved the bicycle is in that country, which manages to squeeze nearly 20,000 miles of cycling paths within its relatively small borders. Some 84 percent of Dutch people have at least one bike, a statistic that will come as no surprise to anyone who's tried to...

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