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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Joaquim Rodriguez makes final decision to retire, committing to a Bahrain-Merida staff role; No positive doping tests at 2016 Tour de France; Mclaren report, part two, shows Russian doping of 1,000 Athletes across 30 Sports; Wiggins will not be cited over mystery medical package; Yorkshire interested in hosting Vuelta start; Sydney’s Olympic velodrome future uncertain; Johan Museeuw Classic changes to one-day format; Lars Boom makes quiet start to cyclocross season; Volta ao Algarve announces 2017 route; Axeon Hagens Berman 2017 roster; Cycling Academy finalises roster; Laura Kenny named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year; Video reminds cyclists to always wear a helmet; Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Can a bicycle power your house?
At the same time the dreams of Portsmouth hosting the Grand Depart for the 2019 Tour de France fizzle, another British community is hoping to attract a different Grand Tour start for the future. Yorkshire, which hosted the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014, and was recently awarded the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, is exploring the possibility of hosting Vuelta a España start in the near future.
Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire CEO, spoke with Vuelta race director Javier Guillén about the possibility of the first few stages of the season’s third Grand Tour being staged in the region.
However, there have been recent false starts with respect to brining major cycling events to the UK, with British Cycling saying it has a policy of spacing-out major events with a buffer of three to four years, and with the World Championships in 2019 that would make the next time period between 2021 and 2023.
As well, UK Sport is currently sweating a budget shortfall due to a downturn in lottery sales, which funds two-thirds of its budget. While the government has said it will cover the shortfall, any continuation of money problems could result in belt-tightening measures, which could affect the funding bids for major events like this.
While the Vuelta has traditionally started within Spain, 2017 marks the third time it is beginning on foreign soil, starting in Nîmes, France.
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