Newcastle could be the next British host of the Tour de France as council bosses discuss the ‘golden economic opportunity’ the race would bring to the area.
Last year’s Grand Départ netted Yorkshire £102m, according to a report published in December, with 4.8m people lining the streets for the first three stages.
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Almost half of the spectators in Yorkshire were visitors to the county, some of whom generated extra financial benefit by extending their stay in the area.
Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes says Newcastle’s track record of hosting major sporting events will hold them in good stead if they bid to host the Tour.
“Bringing the Tour de France to the North East is an excellent idea,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
“Newcastle already has a growing reputation for hosting international sporting events such as Olympic football, the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run and of course the Rugby World Cup later this year.
“I am sure if we put our minds to it, the councils in the region could work together to be a serious contender at least.”
The Chronicle report that one of the suggested routes in the area would start from the Angel of the North before heading to Hexham and Rotherbury and ending in the city of Newcastle.
With the Tour coming to the UK in both 2007 and 2014, it could be a while until another British bid is considered, but Newcastle hopes to be top of the pile.
Source: Newcastle Chronicle