MP leads praise for Le Tour bid

Celebrating the bid's win are, from left, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France Brian Robinson, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity and the first rider to win a points jersey on a Grand Tour,  Malcolm Elliott.
Celebrating the bid's win are, from left, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France Brian Robinson, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity and the first rider to win a points jersey on a Grand Tour, Malcolm Elliott.

Ripon MP Julian Smith has led a parliamentary debate praising Yorkshire’s succesful bid to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014.

Welcome to Yorkshire put forward the succesful bid to bring the iconic race to the North of England for the first time during which two stages will be held.

Mr Smith said: “With World Heritage Sites such as Fountains Abbey and hundreds of homes and attractions, we will entertain the millions of visitors that we expect to receive.”

The chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity, has spoken of his thrill at clinching the deal with the world’s biggest cycle race.

He said: “Today is a proud day for everyone involved in the bid and the county as a whole.It will mean less than two years after hosting the Olympics the British public can look forward to another of the world’s biggest sporting events coming to the country, and I am in no doubt they will come to Yorkshire in their millions, lining the length and breadth of the route to cheer on the champions of world cycling and our home grown British heroes.”

The first two stages of the race are expected to generate more than £100m for the Yorkshire economy and attract over one million spectators.