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Tour de France will get £10m, confirms minister

File photo dated 22/07/12 of Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Racing (yellow jersey), rides with team mates Mark Cavendish (right), Chris Froome (left) and Bernhard Eisel (second left). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday December 16, 2012. Not only did Wiggins deliver a first British Tour de France victory, but he did so with elan. See PA story SPORT Christmas Cycling Wiggins. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

File photo dated 22/07/12 of Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Racing (yellow jersey), rides with team mates Mark Cavendish (right), Chris Froome (left) and Bernhard Eisel (second left). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday December 16, 2012. Not only did Wiggins deliver a first British Tour de France victory, but he did so with elan. See PA story SPORT Christmas Cycling Wiggins. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Funding of £10 million for next year’s Tour De France Grand Départ – including a leg through Sheffield – has been confirmed by the Government after fears it would not materialise.

Concern had been voiced from opposition politicians.

Culture, Media and Sport secretary Maria Miller made the announcement after being challenged in the House of Commons by Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis about what financial help would be available.

Organisers of the French cycling race are holding the three-legged Grand Départ – the preliminary round of the event – in the UK with two routes in Yorkshire and a third between Cambridge and London.

The route through Sheffield, on Sunday, July 6, will run from Langsett to Bradfield, Oughtibridge, Grenoside, across north Sheffield and end in the lower Don Valley.

Mr Jarvis, a shadow culture minister for Labour, submitted a parliamentary question to Ms Miller, asking ‘what Government funding is available to support the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France?’.

Ms Miller replied: “We are delighted that the Tour de France is coming to England in 2014. This will be a fantastic way to inspire more people to take up and enjoy cycling.

“The three stages will showcase some of our most iconic venues and will be a very fitting part of the London 2012 legacy.

“The Government will make funding available to UK Sport to support the Grand Départ 2014, subject to UK Sport working with Welcome to Yorkshire and other event partners to review current plans and identify how these can be made more robust to ensure value for money for any public investment.

“Up to £10m of funding will be made available, but the level of support will be determined by the outcome of this exercise and subject to need.”

A spokesman for Deputy PM and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “This is significant because it’s the first time that the Government has confirmed publicly that there will be up to £10m of funding for the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014.

“It means there can be no backing out now. The Deputy Prime Minister is absolutely delighted by the decision as he has been a strong supporter inside and outside Government of Welcome to Yorkshire’s bid for funding.”

 

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