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Pooley campaigns for women to ride Le Tour

Emma Pooley Credit: PA

More than 62,000 people have signed a petition calling for a women's Tour de France version to be staged the day after Chris Froome rode into the history books as Britain's second consecutive winner of the men's race.

London-bron pro-rider and former world champion and 2008 Olympic time trial silver medallist Emma Pooley is one of four top riders who published a petition to resurrect the event, which has not been held since 2009.

The letter to Tour director Christian Prudhomme calls for women to be on the starting line of the 101st Tour de France in 2014.



Boris 'delighted' Tour de France is coming to London

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson said he was 'delighted' the Tour de France was coming to the capital. Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

London mayor Boris Johnson said: "It has been the most incredible epoch in the history of cycling that any of us can remember; and I am absolutely delighted that the world's greatest cycling race is coming to the capital.

"People will see London framed by shooting velocipedes for what will be a fantastic spectacle of sport. I am going to be in the crowd and I hope thousands more will too."


Mall finish for 2014 Tour de France's UK leg

The 2014 Tour de France will aim to recreate the excitement surrounding the 2012 London Olympics by having a stage finish in the Mall.

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A stage will finish at the Mall in London. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

On July 5 2014, The Grand Depart from Leeds will see the cyclists ride through the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate.

The Tour will have two stages in Yorkshire, with the second from York to Sheffield.

The Olympic connection will see another stage of the race end in the Mall in central London, the finishing line for the road races at the London 2012 Games, after doing a circuit of the Olympic Park in Stratford.


Yorkshire to host start of 2014 Tour de France

Yorkshire will host the start of the Tour de France in 2014 before the competition heads to London, the event's organisers have announced.

Amaury Sports Organisation selected Yorkshire for the Grand Depart ahead of a separate British-wide bid with an Edinburgh start.

Winner of the 2012 Tour de France Bradley Wiggins
Winner of the 2012 Tour de France Bradley Wiggins Credit: PA Wire

The Grand Depart will return to Britain for the first time since 2007, when one million people lined the streets of London for the start of the event.


Surrey bids to stage Tour de France

Surrey County Council is hoping to bring the Tour de France to England, following Team GB's Olympic cycling success.

It's bidding to hold a stage of the famous French contest on its roads, after thousands of people lined the county's streets to watch the cycling road races and time trials.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: "Surrey has been the epicentre of world cycling over the past few days, cementing the county's reputation as a world-class place to ride.

"We're looking at putting together a bid to host a stage of the Tour de France to build on the success of the Olympic cycle races.

"In September, we'll be welcoming elite cycling back to Surrey when we host a stage of the Tour of Britain."

It would not be the first time that the UK has hosted a stage of the Tour. In 2007, the prologue to the competition took place in London, with the first stage between the capital and Canterbury.

Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France Credit: PA Wire

Bradley Wiggins made history today as he became the first British man to win the Tour de France. The 32-year-old punched his arms in the air and clapped as he crossed the finish line on Paris's Champs-Elysees.

Scores of jubilant cycling fans celebrated his win at the track where he first experienced the thrill of racing. Supporters cheered the 32-year-old to victory from the Herne Hill Velodrome, in south east London.

Wiggins grew up in the shadow of the venue after moving to London from Belgium as a boy and began his racing career at the 450m long track as a 12-year-old.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"To be the first person in 109 years to win the Tour de France is an immense feat of physical and mental ability and aptitude and I think the whole country wants to say well done, brilliant - the perfect backdrop and start to the Olympics."

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