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Mayor Livingstone would welcome Tour back

Mayor Ken Livingstone was happy to host the 94th Tour de France Grand Départ in London and would like to have the French race return...

"I went round the track with Christian [Prudhomme] and with the mayor of Paris," commented Livingstone to The News & Observer. "They were both amazed at the numbers. They couldn't believe it. We've clearly got a million [people]. We're not going to have to push very hard to persuade them to come back for another Grand Départ in London."

"Oh, yes," he said when asked if there was some plans to bring back the race to London. "I mean we really want [to]. There are cities like Rotterdam bidding for 2010... But it would be nice to come back pretty soon after the [2012] Olympics."

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