Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 – 12 years after a stage was last held there – as UK government look to host the Grand Depart which provided £130m for the local economies in 2014
- Part of the Tour de France was last held in the Great Britain in 2014
- Opening two stages were in Yorkshire and a third from London to Cambridge
- Next year’s edition of the Tour will start in Denmark while the 2023 race will begin in Bilbao
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 bike race.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget confirmed that funds 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 opening two stages in Yorkshire and a third stage from London to Cambridge attracting huge crowds.
The Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 after the government confirmed a bid
According to British Cycling, research on the 2014 Grand Depart showed that the event generated approximately £130million for the local economies.
London also hosted the Grand Depart in 2007 and the race visited Britain in 1974 and in 1994.
Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget confirmed funds would be allocated for a Tour de France bid
British riders have enjoyed unprecedented success in the Tour in the past decade with Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas all claiming overall victory.
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 will begin in Bilbao.