The Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 as the British government seeks to host the Grand Départ

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The Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 – 12 years after the last leg of a stage – as the British government seeks to host the Grand Départ which provided £ 130million to local economies in 2014

  • Part of the Tour de France last took place in Great Britain in 2014
  • Two opening stages were in Yorkshire and a third from London to Cambridge
  • Next year’s edition of the Tour kicks off in Denmark while the 2023 race kicks off in Bilbao
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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 Départ of the world’s most celebrated cycling race.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s fall budget confirmed that funds will be allocated for a Tour de France bid as part of an initiative to host more world-class sporting events in the UK.

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The Tour de France last visited Great Britain in 2014 with the first two stages in Yorkshire and a third stage from London to Cambridge drawing huge crowds.

Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026 after government confirms candidacy

According to British Cycling, research on the 2014 Grand Départ showed that the event generated around £ 130million for local economies.

London also hosted the Grand Départ in 2007 and the race visited Great Britain in 1974 and 1994.

British riders have enjoyed unprecedented success on the Tour over the past decade, with Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas all claiming victory in the overall standings.

It has become increasingly common for the Tour de France to start outside of France, with next year’s edition starting in Denmark while the 2023 race kicks off in Bilbao.

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