Portsmouth ditches 2019 Tour de France Grand Départ plans

Future bids may also be derailed by competition from elsewhere in the country

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

Portsmouth City Council (PCC) has admitted defeat in its ambition to bring the 2019 Tour de France Grand Départ to the south coast — and faces competition from at least three other UK regions to host the race in the future.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director, told Cycling Weekly in October that it was “illogical” and “impossible” for Portsmouth to stage the Tour in the same year that the UCI Road World Championships are being held in Yorkshire.

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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.