Welsh Liberal Democrats to bring the Tour de France Yellow Jersey to Wales

February 14, 2011 9:43 AM

Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced proposals to bid for the Tour de France to come to Wales. The manifesto commitment to seek to host a stage of the famous race will feature in the Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto for the Assembly Elections in May.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, Veronica German, a keen cyclist, said:

"Wales is ideally placed to host a stage of the Tour de France. From Snowdonia to the Brecon Beacons, Wales could provide a spectacular and challenging stage for the worlds top athletes.

"The likes of Nicole Cooke and Geraint Thomas have shown that the Welsh are no slouches in the saddle. The Welsh Government needs to change up a gear and bring the Tour to Wales."

"After the success of the Ryder Cup, the Tour de France will give Wales another opportunity to shine on the world stage. It is watched by millions across Europe and estimates suggest the Welsh economy could benefit by up to £115 million.

"The Mayor of London successfully brought the Tour to England in 2007. With the right leadership and vision, Wales could do likewise."

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