On Sunday, July 5th the second leg of the 2015 legendary cycling race Tour de France will pass through South Holland.
What are the best places to view the race as it makes it way from Utrecht to Zeeland?
The first racers are expected to reach the city of Gouda at approximately 14:45 after departing from Utrecht at 12:50. They will enter the town from the south along the N228 and then turn north (heading into the city center) on Haastrechtsebrug, Goejanverwelledijk, Fluwelensingel and Blekerssingel. The route turns left on Kattensingel and right on Nieuwe Gouwe Oostzijde before heading out of town via de Coenecoopbocht.
Gouda is easily accessible by public transportation from The Hague (by train less than 20 minutes). If arriving by train, the best place to view the racers would be either along Kattensingel or the Nieuwe Gouwe (Oostzijde) which are between the station and the historic city center. The city has asked for spectators to wear an article of yellow clothing (i.e. Gouda cheese).
Rotterdam is another South Holland city along the route of the second stage of the 2015 Tour de France. The first racers are expected to reach Rotterdam at approximately 15:20. They will follow a route leading from Capelle aan den Ijssel along the Abraham van Rijckevorselweg and continuing on Massboulevard/Boompjes along the harbour. The route turns north onto Schiendamsedijk and follows Coolsingel up to and around the fountain at Hofplein in the Rotterdam city center. Once around the fountain, the route runs south on the Coolsingel, over the Erasmus Bridge, then along Posthumalaan, Hillelaan, Maashaven, Brielselaan, Maastunnelplein and Dorpsweg before reaching the Groene Kruisweg (N492) which they will follow to Zeeland, and the end point of the this second leg of the race.
The last riders are expected to pass through the southern part of Rotterdam (Hellevoetsluis) at approximately 16:00.
Recommended places to view the race: Hofplein (the location is nearest to Rotterdam Centraal Station for those arriving in Rotterdam by train), along Coolsingel/Schiedamsedijk or on the Erasmus Bridge.