Business case for Portsmouth's Tour de France bid goes missing after admin error

Document thankfully rediscovered after DCMS officials had a "deeper look"

Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower. Photo: Flickr/David Blaikie

After British Cycling dismissed Portsmouth's bid to host the Grand Départ of the 2019 Tour de France as "impossible and illogical", Monday brought more bad news for the bid's leaders after it was revealed that the document containing the business case for the bid had gone missing at the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS).

According to The News, the dossier, which had been compiled by civic leaders, was given to local MP Flick Drummond in September who was expected to present it to the government department in the hope that it would provide money to help support the bid. However, on Monday the department said it had not received the document.

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Thankfully for Portsmouth City Council, officials at the DCMS then had a "deeper look" in which the document was uncovered.

"There was an administrative error and we can confirm that we have received the bid document", a spokesman for the department said. ‘Portsmouth is a city with a strong passion for sport and we will consider the detail in the bid document."

"We have great experience in putting on major sporting events in the UK and are happy to provide assistance where we can to prospective bids."

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Portsmouth is currently the only city confirmed as bidding to host the start of the 2019 Tour de France, although there are other as yet unconfirmed cities interested in the race, with Florence being strongly linked with a bid after losing out to Yorkshire in 2014.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.