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Utrecht University welcomes Tour riders with façade canvas


The Tour de France riders and those watching the race will not be able to avoid Utrecht University. A huge façade canvas was hung on the Van Unnik Building on friday June 19, in preparation for the Grand Départ Utrecht. The Van Unnik Building is the tallest university building

The Tour riders will cycle the first stage on Saturday 4 July (an individual time trial of 13.8 kilometres) at full speed right through the city, passing the Van Unnik Building in Utrecht Science Park along the way. Three billion people around the world will follow the race.

The façade canvas measures 30 by 24 metres. The two riders on the canvas are the students Els van Kolfschooten and Michiel Sanders. They both sit on the Board of the Utrecht Student Cycling Association Domrenner.

The video below by Henny Ram shows how the façade canvas is hung:

Public Venue Utrecht Science Park
During the first stage of the Tour de France a public venue will be arranged in Utrecht Science Park. The venue, at one of the best corners of the time trial, is specially geared towards students. You can spend the whole day here relaxing, eating and drinking, while following the Tour on large screens.

Utrecht University and the Tour de France
From the Sport & Society focus area Utrecht University conducts research into the social significance of sport with a link to health, social cohesion and safety. The University is seizing the opportunity offered by the Grand Départ to enter into a debate about the different values and significances of cycling in general and the Tour in particular. The Tour in Utrecht also offers the unique opportunity to conduct new empirical research close to home on the legacy of the Tour de France in sporting, economic and cultural terms.

Utrecht University is working together with the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and the Utrecht School of the Arts on a knowledge program with the motto ‘Without knowledge, no top performance’. The social importance of exercise and health is key here.

Credits: Robert Oosterbroek (photo's of façade canvas), Anthony Donner (photo on façade canvas), Flowdesign (design façade canvas).

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