Culture secretary gives support for Portsmouth's Tour de France bid

Culture secretary gave support 'in principle' for Portsmouth's ambition to host the 2016 Grand Depart during a visit to the south coast city

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

Secretary of state for culture, media and sport John Whittingdale MP has met Portsmouth council representatives to learn more about the city's bid to host the Grand Depart of the 2019 Tour de France.

The port city has a history of hosting the Tour, having welcomed stage five of the 1994 race; a stage won by Italian Nicola Minali.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.