Yorkshire provides a warm welcome
Tour de France will return to Britain, says Christian Prudhomme
The Tour de France will return to Britain after the“grandest Grand Depart” in the race’s 111-year history, says race director Christian Prudhomme.
Yorkshire hosted the first two stages of the 2014 race, with a third finishing in London on Monday.
““I think the Buttertubs climb can now call itself the Alpe d’Huez of Yorkshire”
Christian PrudhommeTour de France race director
When asked if the Tour would return, Prudhomme said: “Yes. The question is not if, but when, although I don’t have the answer for the second part.
“Thank you. It was unbelievable, I just want to say again: merci beaucoup.”
The Frenchman added: “It was incredible. It is going to be unforgettable, as the first time in London was just seven years ago.
“The Grand Depart in Yorkshire was amazing, it was emotional. It was the same on Monday, 30km in Greater London and so many people, everyone with smiles on their faces, it was emotional.
“What the British people have done is magnificent.”
The start of the Tour de France was first held outside of the country in Amsterdam in 1954 and since then, including the current edition, it has ventured abroad for the Grand Depart 20 times.
Britain has only staged the start of the race once before, in 2007, when London hosted a prologue time trial and a second stage from London to Canterbury in Kent.