Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 25, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria wins San Juan opener in confusing finish with peloton misdirected; Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky; Behind closed doors at the Tour Down Under with Katusha-Alpecin; Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media; Nizzolo nursing knee injury, delays season start; Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros; Irish team for CX nationals after all?; Bart Wellens rides the World Championship course; Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling; Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads; 12th Brompton World Championship announced; CyclingTips to livestream Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser criterium; Motorcyclist, driving in bike lane, meets karma.

Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros

by CyclingTips

The 2015 Tour de France Grand Depart in the Dutch city of Utrecht is still costing the city. A deficit of 400,000 euros was announced last year and that number was recently revised to nearly €600,000, according to a report in Algemeen Dagblad.

The Grand Depart for the 2015 Tour de France was held in Utrecht.

“I recently received these new figures and have decided to immediately inform the board about it,” said Councillor Jeroen Kreij Camp. “I think it is not good to wait to report this setback until May [during the scheduled budget debate].”

The total cost of hosting the Grand Depart was 15.4 million euros, with half covered by corporate sponsorships and the Ministry of Health. The other half was paid for by the municipality of Utrecht, along with a small contribution from the province of Utrecht.

The shortfall is a result of both some money not materialising as well as larger costs than estimated, including dealing with the extreme heat during the event. In addition, the cost of removing many bicycles from the event area totaled nearly 42,000 euros.

The increase in the deficit comes as the city is vying to host the start of the Vuelta a España in 2020.

Click through to read more at Algemeen Dagblad.