Yorkshire to bid for the World Championships?

Welcome to Yorkshire admit talks with the Government about hosting the Road World Championships are in the early stages

Yorkshire came to the cycling world’s attention when millions flocked to the streets to watch the Tour de France Grand Départ, but now the county is looking to play host the Road World Championships.

According to the Halifax Courier, preliminary talks have taken place between Welcome to Yorkshire and the Government about a bid, with the backing of British Cycling required as well.

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The Treasury will also need to make sufficient funds available for the bid, with David Cameron and George Osborne set to visit the region today.

While Welcome to Yorkshire says that talks are in the early stages, Yorkshire could become the fourth British host and the first since Goodwood in 1982 when Italian Giuseppe Saroni shocked Greg LeMond in the closing stages.

With Richmond (USA), Doha (Qatar) and Bergen (Norway) in line to host the next three World Championships, the next available slot is 2018, but details of the potential bid are yet to be announced.