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by Mark Zalewski
November 8, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko doubles wins at Tour of Taihu Lake; Van der Poel and De Boer dominate at Ruddervoorde; Nathan Haas on nerve damage, backing Cavendish and tussling with Sagan; Rubén Fernández extends with Movistar; Many riders still looking for contracts; Aaron Timmer Brown, liable for Kimmage Fund money, resurfaces; UCI and EUC heads push European Union to promote cycling infrastructure; Drama surrounding Portsmouth Tour de France bid; Alé Cipollini Galassia presents 2017 team; UCI Track World Cup highlights; Keagan Girdlestone continues road to recovery with first coffee shop ride.
The chances of Portsmouth hosting the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2019 were already made slim by the awarding of the UCI Road World Championships to Yorkshire in the same year. But now it seems the proposal itself is self-destructing from the inside-out. The News reported that the proposal compiled by civic leaders and cycling experts urging the Department for Culture, Media & Sport to provide the £2m to help fund the bid to host the Grand Depart in 2019 has disappeared.
The 32-page report was given to Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond so that she could present it to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. But the DCMS said it never received any proposal.
At the same time MP Drummond insists she did present the file to the department – but has not had time to meet culture secretary Karen Bradley to lobby for support.
“Someone needs to get a grip of this, because it looks as if Portsmouth has been made to look stupid,” said Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson.
British Cycling officials have already said the organisation would not support Portsmouth’s bid to host the Grand Depart, given the awarding of the World Championships in the same year.
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