ASO 'not angry' after London's Grand Depart backtrack, insists Prudhomme

Race director Christian Prudhomme insists ASO are not angry with London after the city withdrew its bid to host the 2017 Tour de France start

Christian Prudhomme before the start of Stage twenty of the 2015 Tour of Spain (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Tour de France organisers ASO insist they are not angry that London pulled out of its bid to host the start of the 2017 race, despite media reports to the contrary.

It was reported on Monday that the English capital had beaten out bids from Manchester and Edinburgh to host the Grand Départ but Mayor Boris Johnson pulled the plug before a deal was signed.

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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.