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The Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak set to launch the offer

The Tour de France could return to Britain in 2026, and the UK will launch an offer for the most famous cycling race as part of a £ 40 million investment in sporting events.

  • The UK government to launch an offer to host the start of the Tour de France in 2026
  • Great Britain last hosted cycling’s most famous race in 2014, when three stages were held
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak to Confirm Offer in Budget Announcement on Wednesday
  • Funding for the Tour will come from a £ 41 million package for sporting event deals


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The UK will launch an offer to host the start of the Tour de France in 2026, Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce in his Budget on Wednesday.

Cycling’s most famous race last came to these shores in 2014, when Yorkshire held the first two stages before a third stage in London.

Now the government wants the Tour’s Grand Outing to return to Britain within five years, and more stages are also planned in England, Wales and Scotland.

Great Britain hosted three stages of the Tour de France in 2014, with the third stage ending in London.

Great Britain hosted three stages of the Tour de France in 2014, with the third stage ending in London.

The British government hopes to re-organize the Grand Tour Start in 2026

The British government hopes to re-organize the Grand Tour Start in 2026

The British government hopes to re-organize the Grand Tour Start in 2026

Sunak will commit £ 30 million to fund offers for the Tour, as well as the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

An additional £ 11 million will be earmarked for the UK and Ireland bid for the 2030 Men’s Soccer World Cup, which is currently the subject of a feasibility study but already seems like a long shot, with Spain and Portugal as candidates. Europeans.

“I am excited at the prospect of bringing more world class sporting events to the UK,” said Sunak.

“ That is why I am backing these British offers, with over £ 40 million in funding to make our case.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will commit £ 30 million to fund offers for the Tour, as well as the 2025 Women's Rugby World Cup during his budget announcement on Wednesday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will commit £ 30 million to fund offers for the Tour, as well as the 2025 Women's Rugby World Cup during his budget announcement on Wednesday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will commit £ 30 million to fund offers for the Tour, as well as the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup during his budget announcement on Wednesday.

Our offerings will include events taking place across the country and I hope everyone gets a chance to cheer on their sports heroes.

“Britain is a world leader in both rugby and cycling, and bringing these events home will allow thousands of people to see the next generation of British sports heroes.”

British Cycling Chief Executive Officer Brian Facer added: ‘The 2014 Tour de France Grand Start in Yorkshire was an unforgettable celebration of our sport and is still talked about to this day, inspiring a new generation of cyclists.

More importantly, those few days showed our country’s credentials as one of the best cycling nations in the world, and we are delighted to support the UK government’s bid to bring the sport’s most important event to these shores in 2026. ”.

Yorkshire held the first two stages of the 2014 Tour, while the third began in Cambridge.

Yorkshire held the first two stages of the 2014 Tour, while the third began in Cambridge.

Yorkshire held the first two stages of the 2014 Tour, while the third began in Cambridge.

Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour champion, is ready to sign a new deal with Ineos Grenadiers.

The 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of this year, but is expected to extend his stay with Sir Dave Brailsford’s British team for another two years.

“It’s practically done, but it’s not signed yet, so I don’t want to curse it,” Thomas said. ‘It’s hard. I had to separate the emotional and the business side of things.

“ I’ve known Dave since 2003 and that relationship is good, but he has his bosses and his schedule and there is me and what my family wants, so it has been difficult, but I am happy that it is finally almost finished. ”

2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas will sign a new two-year contract with Ineos Grenadiers

2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas will sign a new two-year contract with Ineos Grenadiers

2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas will sign a new two-year contract with Ineos Grenadiers

“Once it’s announced, we can move on and I can focus on getting fit and riding my bike.”

Thomas, who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, also admitted that this contract is likely to be his last.

“In two or three years I will be done, so I really want to enjoy my last years of racing,” he added.

“Retirement is something I’m thinking about, but careers are still at the forefront of my mind.”

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