Extra security meant Bern's hosting of Tour de France cost £500,000 more than expected

Bern's staging of the Tour de France cost £500,000 more than it originally budgeted for

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The cost of staging the Tour de France this summer cost Bern significantly more than it has estimated before the event.

Stage 16, won by Peter Sagan, finished in Bern where the second rest day was held before stage 17 then started from the Swiss capital.

The canton of Bern approved a loan of CHF1.74 million (£1.4m) in March to go towards the running of the Tour, but additional security measures in the wake of the Nice terror attacks sharply increased the overall costs.

The final amount totalled CHF2.5 million (£2.01m).

It is reported that the provision of roads was CHF112,500 more than planned, and rescue services exceeded estimated costs by CHF141,500.

The local council has agreed to pay a loan to cover the additional costs, and they insist that the three-day excursion into its regions was a success worth paying for.

The stage visited the hometown of Fabian Cancellara to mark his final Tour de France, but he could not complete the fairytale and crossed the line in sixth place.

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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.