Ireland plots bid to host Tour de France grand départ

A joint North and South bid is planned for the French grand tour in either 2026 or 2027

Sam Bennett
Irish rider Sam Bennett in action at the 2020 Tour de France
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The whole of Ireland intends to pursue a joint North-South bid to host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2026 or 2027. 

Catherine Martin, Irealand's minister for tourism, culture, arts, gaeltacht, sport and media and Gordon Lyons Northern Irealand minister for the economy have submitted a formal expression of interest to Tour de France organiser Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO). 

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