The Tour de France last visited Great Britain in 2014, when the race started in Yorkshire.

UK will bid for Tour start in 2026

A bid for Great Britain to host the 2026 Grand Départ includes plans for the race to visit England, Wales, and Scotland.

by Dane Cash

photography by Kristoff Ramon

An upcoming UK budget proposal will include funding to pay for a bid for Great Britain to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2026.

The budget set to be proposed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak sets aside £30 million for bids for both the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2025 and the start of the 2026 Tour. Should the plan to draw the Tour to Great Britain succeed, it will mark the third time the race has started there. The Tour started in London in 2007 and in Yorkshire in 2014.

The bid is expected to involve plans to host stages in England, Scotland, and Wales.

“The 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire was an unforgettable celebration of our sport and is still talked about to this day, inspiring a new generation of cyclists,” said British Cycling chief executive Brian Frasier, according to The Independent.

“More importantly, those few days showcased our country’s credentials as one of the world’s best cycling nations, and we’re delighted to be supporting the UK government’s bid to bring the sport’s showpiece event back to these shores in 2026.”

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