Britain to bid for 2026 Tour de France Grand Départ

The 2014 Tour de France started in Yorkshire
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Britain will bid to host the 2026 Tour de France Grand Départ, with stages expected to be in England, Scotland, and Wales and funding coming from the government to back the bid and cover organising costs.      

News of the bid emerged as part of the upcoming budget announcement on Wednesday. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he will allocate £30 million funding to prepare bids to hold the opening stages of the 2026 Tour de France and the 2025 Women's Rugby World Cup. 

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