Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

London Just Turned Down The Chance To Host The Start Of The Tour De France

rexfeatures_4915302j.jpg

Despite the fact that the city not only made a public bid to host the opening stages of the 2017 Tour De France, but also won the opportunity – London has just pulled out of the running.

Beating off stiff competition from likes of Edinburgh, Manchester and several German regions the capital decided to inform the Tour De France committee that they would be rejecting the offer just one day before contracts were due to be signed.

Obviously, this has really annoyed the organisers of the race; we made quite a big song-and-dance about how great we’d be at hosting it, especially considering the success of Yorkshire’s hosting of the Grand Depart.

Back in 2014 God’s County raked in almost four million spectators and boosted the economy by £100 million – whetting the appetites of London big wigs in the process.

The London rejection comes after TfL (who were due to fund the tour) said it couldn’t afford to host the stages, which would cost around £27million. Which is fair enough, but it does beg the question of why they proposed the bid in the first place…

The 2017 Grand Depart will now be held in Germany and the Amaury Sport Organisation who organise the race will doubtlessly never forgive London for being such a bunch of bloody cycle-teases.

[Via: BBC]

Related

eclipse.jpg

20 Best Cycling Gadgets

cycle-collisions.PNG

This Map Shows Worst Places To Cycle In London

lancearmstrong1.jpg

This Electric Bike Made Us Feel Like Lance Armstrong (on drugs)

Comments

More

Boxing doesn’t need Mayweather, but MMA needs McGregor

Who doesn't love a shit-talking, hard-punching antihero?

by Sam Diss
01 Dec 2016

Whatever happened to the Premier League's youngest goalscorers?

Following the EFL Cup heroics of Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn, we look at pubescent hotshots of yore

30 Nov 2016

Here's how the footballing world paid tribute to Chapecoense

by Joe Ellison
30 Nov 2016

The SPOTY Award nominees are boring. Try these instead

30 Nov 2016

Watch footballer pass ball to steward after mistaking him for player

Not entirely his fault...

by Dave Fawbert
22 Nov 2016

5 Vines that prove Jamie Redknapp is a master of football analysis

by Joe Ellison
31 Oct 2016

Ballon d’Or: Who’s a fraud and who's not

We weigh up the merits of the 30 footballers recently deemed the planet's best

26 Oct 2016

Luis Suarez talks English football and the toughest PL defenders

He's a lover, not a biter

19 Oct 2016

Gary Lineker talks crisps, Rooney and "Sh*t on pitch"

Crisp don Gary Lineker reminisces about the time Diego Maradona nearly fell off a balcony

by Alex Christian
19 Oct 2016

Park Ji-sung now plays for De Montfort University's student side

And can't even prevent them from getting utterly drubbed

by Tristan Cross
14 Oct 2016