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London rejects 2017 Tour de France start

London withdraws bid to host Grand Depart of 2017 Tour de France, reports BBC

London Rejects 2017 Tour De France Start

The peloton reaches London on stage three of the 2014 Tour de France (Watson)

London has turned down the opportunity to host the Grand Depart of the 2017 Tour de France1, withdrawing its interest after reportedly being given the go-ahead by race organiser ASO. Transport for London (TfL) pulled out from a deal with ASO to host its 10th anniversary Grand Depart on the grounds of expense, the BBC reported on Monday evening2.

To ensure value for money we must make difficult choices. We have always said that the return of the Tour was subject to funding, managing director of surface transport at TfL, Leon Daniels told the BBC. London was one of three British cities to have submitted a bid to ASO to host the opening stages of the prestigious Grand Tour, according to race director Christian Prudhomme. Earlier this year, it was reported that Manchester and Edinburgh had submitted bids3 along with the capital.

However, Manchester City Council subsequently denied that they had submitted a bid4.

>>> London, Manchester and Edinburgh all bidding to host 2017 Tour de France5

London hosted the Grand Depart in 2007, with Yorkshire accommodating the first stages of the race in 2014 before stage three travelled south to the capital from Cambridge. Since 2013, London has been the start/finish location of the one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic road race, which is now a UCI 1.HC category event, bringing top-level racing to the capital every year. The Tour de Yorkshire6 has also been created in conjunction with ASO as a legacy event after the Tour s depart there last year.

The 2016 Tour de France will start at home , with the Grand Depart in Normandy7.


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Watch: Tour de France stage 19 highlights

Highlights of an action-packed day in the Alps as defending Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali finds his climbing legs to claim stage 19

Tour de France1 leader Chris Froome (Sky) was put under pressure from his overall rivals for the first time in the 2015 race on Friday, with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) taking the stage 19 victory2 and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finishing ahead of the Briton.

The mountainous stage from St-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire saw Team Sky s resources seemingly stretched to their limit, with Geraint Thomas finishing the stage 22 minutes behind Nibali to lose his place in the overall top 10.

Nibali was the first to attack, making a long-range move to catch lone leader Pierre Rolland (Europcar) and make a solo ascent of the final climb to La Toussuire. Quintana then attacked with around 5km to go. Froome attempted to follow, with the result that Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) were both distanced.

>>> Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 19 of Tour de France as Chris Froome under pressure3

In the end, Froome only lost around half a minute to Quintana, who now trails the Sky leader by two minutes and 38 seconds overall.

Nibali s move ensured that he moved up the general classification, leap-frogging Contador to end the day in fourth place overall as Contador slips to fifth.

Valverde hung on to his third place.

Saturday s final stage in the Alps concludes the proper racing in the 2015 Tour, which concludes in Paris on Sunday.

Overall classification after stage 19
1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky at 78-37-34
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2-38

Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 5-25
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 6-44
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo at 7-56

Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 8-55
7. Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling at 12-39
8. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing at 13-22

Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r at 14-08

Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar at 17-27

Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky at 27-24


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It’s summer vacation in Europe, and everyone is drunk

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It's Summer Vacation In Europe, And Everyone Is DrunkSummer travel season is in full swing.

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It's Summer Vacation In Europe, And Everyone Is Drunk

By Jessica Plautz2015-07-23 14:36:55 UTC

Budget airline Ryanair has banned passengers from bringing duty-free booze onto some flights after what was likely several incidents of fliers behaving badly.

The ban is now in effect for flights from the UK to Ibiza, one of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea that’s an infamous party destination. Low-cost carriers like Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 are popular with travelers looking for a cheap getaway.

A ban on duty-free alcohol had already been in effect on flights from Scotland to Ibiza.

“Having consulted with our customers and the airports, customers flying from the UK to Ibiza will no longer be permitted to bring duty-free alcohol on board the aircraft,” a Ryanair spokeswoman told Mashable. “Those who have purchased duty-free alcohol will be asked to either place their purchases in their cabin baggage and into the hold at the boarding gate or leave their purchases behind.”

The spokesperson said the airline put the measure into effect to protect everyone on board.

1 priority,”” data-micro=”1″>”The comfort and safety of our customers and crew is our No.

1 priority,” the spokeswoman said.

Summer in the Mediterranean always has its crazy moments, but this, year poorly behaved Discount Holidays © holiday travelers are grabbing a lot of headlines.

In the past two months, budget carrier Jet2 has banned1 a handful of fliers who have insulted, assaulted and yelled at cabin crew.

On a flight last week, a group of Scottish passengers essentially tried to start a rave on board. A video of the flight was shared on the Facebook page Being oot yer nut at T in the Park2.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please remain quiet,” a crew member can be heard saying. “There are travelers on board with young children.

Please do not swear. Thank you.”

And it may be more than simply a matter of seeing this behavior because of social media. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority reported a 43% increase3 in passenger incidents on planes in the past year.

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