Summer sports: Tour de France
Lance Armstrong on the Champs Elysees in Paris
THE EVENT: Tour de France
With a total distance of 3,600km, the race to wear the leader’s yellow jersey is the world’s greatest cycling challenge. letour.fr
THE DATE: 3-25 July
WHERE: The Grand Départ is in Rotterdam this year, with Le Tour ending 450km away in Paris.
THE PLACE TO STAY: Cruise Hotel, converted from SS Rotterdam, the former flagship of the Holland America Line, harks back to the golden age of the ocean liner, with 1950s fittings. Short-break packages from £72. cruisehotel.nl
WHAT ELSE: Walk over the Erasmus Bridge to catch the latest art exhibition at the Kunsthal (kunsthal.nl), designed by renowned Rotterdam architect Rem Koolhaas.
GET THERE: British Airways flies to Amsterdam from London Heathrow, Gatwick and City with easy links to Rotterdam. Visit ba.com.