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.

References

  1. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ BBC reported on Monday evening (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ London, Manchester and Edinburgh all bidding to host 2017 Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Manchester will not bid for the Tour de France, council bosses confirm (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ London, Manchester and Edinburgh all bidding to host 2017 Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Tour de Yorkshire (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ 2016 Tour de France to start in Normandy (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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