UK will launch bid to host 2026 Tour de France Grand Départ, government announces

Britain last hosted the first stages of the Tour back in 2014, sparking a golden age of cycling in Yorkshire

The 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire
The 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire
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The UK could host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France for a second time, as the government has announced a bid to hold the 2026 event. 

As part of the upcoming budget announcement on Wednesday (October 26), Chancellor Rishi Sunak will allocate £30million funding to prepare bids to hold the opening stages of the 2026 Tour and the 2025 Women's Rugby World Cup. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.