Bring Tour de France to Wales say Welsh Lib Dems

July 3, 2014 1:51 PM

Ahead of the Tour de France's Grand Départ in Yorkshire on Saturday, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have repeated their calls for a stage of the Tour to come to Wales.

It was in the Welsh Liberal Democrat 2011 manifesto for Wales to bid for the Tour de France, and with the world-famous race visiting England this year, the possibility of visiting Wales in the future is even greater.

Peter Black conferencePeter Black, Shadow Minister for Culture and Sport, commented:

"Cycling has grown from strength to strength over the past few years, boosted by double British success in the Tour de France and home-grown talent like Nicole Cooke and Geraint Thomas.

"From the Milennium Stadium playing host to Rugby World Cup games to golf's Ryder Cup visiting Newport, Wales has shown its ability to put on successful world-class sporting events. Hosting the Tour de France would once again put Wales on the world stage, bringing tourists to our nation and boosting revenues particularly for independent businesses. According to estimates, the Welsh economy could benefit by up to £115 million if this were to happen.

"Wales has already hosted major cycling events, including stages of the Tour of Britain and most recently the National Road Race Championships in Monmouthshire. Our mountains and hills and our beautiful scenery makes Wales a challenging and spectacular backdrop for the world's top cyclists to visit.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats pledged in our last manifesto to bring the Tour to Wales. With the right leadership and vision, this iconic race could come here and help encourage a generation of budding cyclists to get involved in a thrilling sport."

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