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Young cycle racers on Assen's cycle racing track.

Cycle racing is very popular in the Netherlands and a lot of people compete. Assen, like most towns, has a cycle racing circuit. It also has various road races for which roads are closed during the year.

The annual Jeugdtour (Youth Tour) is the biggest Youth cycling event in Europe. A week long stage race, and the closest thing to the Tour de France for young riders. www.jeugdtourassen.nl/

The video shows a cyclist practising taking a water bottle from someone at the side of the road. This is an essential skill for a road racer, and more difficult than it might immediately appear.

In 2009 Assen will be the start point for the Vuelta (Spanish "Tour de France").

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