Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 if British government wants to host the Grand Depart
Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 – 12 years after the last stage was held there – as the British government wants to organize the Grand Depart, which brought in £130 million for local economies in 2014
- Part of the Tour de France was last held in Great Britain in 2014
- Two stages opened in Yorkshire and a third from London to Cambridge
- Next year’s Tour edition will start in Denmark, while the 2023 race will be held in Bilbao. begins
The Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 after the government confirmed on Wednesday it would help fund a bid to host the Grand Depart for the world’s most celebrated cycling race.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s autumn budget confirmed that money would be allocated for a Tour de France bid as part of a move to host more world-class sporting events to the UK.
The Tour de France last visited Britain in 2014 with the first two stages in Yorkshire and a third stage from London to Cambridge drawing large crowds.
The Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 after government confirmed a bid
According to British Cycling, research into the 2014 Grand Depart found that the event raised around £130 million for local economies.
London also hosted the Grand Depart in 2007 and the race visited Great Britain in 1974 and 1994.
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British riders have enjoyed unprecedented success at the Tour over the past decade, with Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas all taking the overall win.
It has become increasingly common for the Tour de France to start outside France, with next year’s edition starting in Denmark, while the 2023 race kicking off in Bilbao.