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Tour de France start in Edinburgh moves closer

Cycling News
December 8, 2012, 13:54,
December 8, 2012, 13:45
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, December 8, 2012

Report says UK has best chances for 2014

Edinburgh is set to vote on a bid to hold the start of the Tour de France, with the race making its first start in Scotland possibly as soon as 2014, with its chances of getting the nod from race organisers said to be very good.The start in the Scottish capital would be followed by three days of racing throughout the UK.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the plan this coming Thursday. The team presentation would be held at Edinburgh Castle, with a show ride by the peloton throughout the city centre the day before the start, which would be held on the city outskirts.

According to the council, holding the start could be worth £45-55 million to the local economy, the BBC reported.

Councillor Steve Cardownie "I can think of no more dramatic backdrop than Edinburgh Castle and our historic Old Town and, of course, our residents are well used to laying on a fantastic welcome to the many millions of visitors that travel to the city each year.”

The city is the home of another cycling champion. “Of course, Edinburgh is no stranger to cycling success, thanks to the incredible achievements of Sir Chris Hoy, and we are already seeing the impact this is having on participation, a trend that would surely continue following a successful Grand Depart,” Cardownie said.

Great Britain is the most likely to host the 2014 start, Het Nieuwsblad said. Utrecht and Lille had also expressed interest, but are said to no longer be considered top candidates. The city of Ypres, France, hopes for a stage start in honour of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Cycling Lawyer More than 1 year ago
The residents of Ypres might be surprised to learn that they are in France. Ypres is in Belgium.
Dedelou More than 1 year ago
History is as confusing as The UCI.. The battle of Ypres was partially on the french side with General French leading the British army while Marshall Foch was leading the french side and it known as the Flanders campaign to the German side. No wonder we can't have clean cycling
LaBici More than 1 year ago
History on PED
Namsan More than 1 year ago
So British Cycling puts the Tour of Britain contract up for tender, with Amaury Sport, (ASO) being the most likely to take over from Sweetsport......... and hey presto, a couple of days later we hear that ASO will most likely award the 2014 Grand Depart to the Edinburgh bid, which coincidently is backed by British Cycling.