Tour de France Grand Depart in the UK generates £128m

The Tour de France cost everyone in Yorkshire £5, but for every £1 spent the economy benefitted by £5

The visit of the Tour de France to the UK this year generated around £128m for the host areas, according to a report released today.

The ‘Three Inspirational Days’ report, commissioned by Leeds City Council, claims that 4.8m people watched the race from the side of the road, with 3.3m of those doing so in the first two days in Yorkshire.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.