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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Yorkshire stage of world cycling event gets Cabinet into gear

Prime minister David Cameron reads
 Welcome to Yorkshire's Tour de France
brochure as part of the briefing.
David Cameron and his Cabinet colleagues have thrown their weight behind Welcome to Yorkshire's preparations for next year's Tour de France Grand Depart.

In North Yorkshire, the route of the major world cycling event will travel through the Dales, the Harrogate District and York

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg invited the regional tourism body's chief executive Gary Verity to brief the Cabinet in Leeds about how Le Tour was secured for the county and how government departments can help in the next 18 months.

Gary said: “Being asked to brief the Cabinet about the Tour de France shows how seriously this Government is taking the Grand Départ.

"This is undoubtedly a moment for the whole country not just Yorkshire to celebrate and today’s positive discussions and feedback from the Cabinet show we are now moving in the right direction.

“Make no mistake this is a national event, co-ordinated in Yorkshire, for the benefit of Britain. The Cabinet understood that today and I look forward to more positive conversations in the weeks and months ahead.”

The Grand Départ was last held in the UK in 2007 when it came to Kent, where it generated an estimated £88m for the economy. Early conservative estimates put the economic impact of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ at £100m to the county.

Yorkshire beat international competition from Scotland, Florence, Barcelona, Venice, Utrecht and Berlin to secure what is the largest annual sporting event in the world.

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