British cycling chiefs set their sights on hosting the Grand Depart of the Tour de France again as part of the governing body’s new three-year strategy to boost the sport
- Multiple UK regions have held talks about hosting the Grand Department
- The Tour last came to the UK in 2014 when the start was staged in Yorkshire
- London turned down chance to host the event in 2017 due to financial reasons
The Tour de France is set to return to Britain before 2030.
Sportsmail understands multiple UK regions have held talks about hosting the Grand Depart of cycling’s blue riband event and race organisers, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), want to bring it back to these shores within the next few years.
The Tour last came to the UK in 2014 when the start was successfully staged in Yorkshire. London turned down the chance to host the Grand Depart in 2017 for financial reasons.
The Tour last came to the UK in 2014 when the start was successfully staged in Yorkshire
Next year’s Tour will start in Copenhagen, Denmark and the 2023 race will get underway in Bilbao, Spain. With the 2024 Grand Depart likely to be held back in France, sources suggest British regions are looking at the prospect of hosting it from as early as 2025.
Hosting flagship events are one of the seven priorities set out by British Cycling this week in their new three-year strategy.
Asked about the possibility of the Tour de France returning to the UK, British Cycling chief executive Brian Facer said: ‘Absolutely, I would like to see that come back again and I’m fairly sure that ASO and the Tour de France would like to see it come back again.
‘We’re a great cycling nation now and there’s a real appetite for us. We’d be supportive if there were conversations going on.’
London turned down the chance to host the Grand Depart in 2017 for financial reasons