Cycling Grand Tours

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/2783
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In view of the continuing success of British riders in the three cycling Grand Tours of 2018, and the willingness of the Grand Tour organisers to hold stages out of their home countries (for example the Giro holding stages in Israel this year) what steps are you taking to attract one of the tours, preferably the Tour de France, to hold a stage or stages of their race in London?

Answer

Answer for Cycling Grand Tours

Answer for Cycling Grand Tours

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I want to ensure we continue to attract world classsporting events to London. Over the last five years London has hosted Ride London, which now holds UCI World Tour status.   My officials have also met with relevant organisers to explore the possibility of bringing more world classcycling sporting events to the capital. A meeting was held with the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), the owners of the Tour de France in February 2017. At that meeting it became clear that there was significant damage caused to London's relationship with the ASO by the withdrawal of the bid to host the 2017 Grand Depart.  This decision to withdraw was taken on Friday 18 September 2015 and communicated formally in writing to the ASO on Saturday 19 September 2015.

Despite this, we continue to engage with the ASO.