Boris Johnson reveals he pulled the plug on London's Tour de France bid

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says the £35m needed to host the Tour de France in 2017 would be better spent on other projects

Boris Johnson (Photo: Flickr/eucyclistsfed)

Boris Johnson has said he withdrew London's bid to host the Grand Depart of the 2017 Tour de France, claiming it didn't represent value for money.

The Mayor of London says hosting the race would have cost £35m - money that could be better used elsewhere in the city, according to Mr Johnson.

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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.