British bid to host Tour de France Grand Départ in 2026 abandoned

UK Sport confirms that Tour Grand Départ is now merely an "opportunity" in 2027

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The British bid to host the Grand Depart of the 2026 Tour de France has been abandoned after UK Sport confirmed that the pursuit of the world's biggest bike race had been downgraded to merely an 'opportunity' in 2027. 

"We are not actively pursuing hosting (the Tour) in 2026," Simon Morton, Deputy CEO at UK Sport said.

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