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Plans for Gateshead to host a stage of the Tour de France may not be just a pipe dream, as British Cycling have joined the debate.
They say the North East has strong ferry connections which would be "amazing" for cyclists taking part in the Tour de France.
Andy Cosgrove, British Cycling’s regional events officer for the North East, said participation for cycling in the region had doubled at some of its road races and there would be great support from local people.
Speaking to the Chronicle, he said:
“It would be absolutely fantastic for the North East to host it, there’s no doubt about it, and I’m sure the North East public, just like they do with the Great North Run, would support the event amazingly.
“There are also about 300 vehicles involved in the race and we have good ferry links to the continent.”
The world’s greatest cyclists could one day race through the streets of Gateshead as the council float plans to host a stage of Le Tour de France.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Leader of Gateshead Council, Mick Henry, said:
“I’m particularly keen that we get to host European Athletics and events like the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games are very worthwhile.
"I genuinely believe that if we put our minds to it, anything and everything in Gateshead is possible.”
Councillors in Gateshead have suggested putting the borough forward as the host of the grand depart of the Tour de France.
It's part of the council's cultural strategy for the area, which council members aim to achieve by 2030.
Supporters say hosting a stage of the prestigious cycling contest would provide a massive economic and cultural boost for Gateshead as well as the rest of the North East.
Bob Belton runs a B&B in Hawes, North Yorkshire. He says it isn't any quieter even though the cyclists have gone:
Karen Halliwell-Smart, who owns a gift shop in Hawes, North Yorkshire, says the town is still full of visitors:
Karen Halliwell-Smart, who owns a gift shop in the town of Hawes, in North Yorkshire, says plenty of people will come back to the county.
Mark Cavendish has been on Twitter today for an impromptu Q&A session. He has been asked about his diet, racing rituals and techniques as well as his hobbies and interests.
As expected though, many fans have been asking about the shoulder injury he suffered on Stage One of the Tour de France:
Asked whether he thought Team Sky would regret not putting Bradley Wiggans and Chris Froome in their line up, especially following Froome's injury and withdrawal, Cavendish was carefully diplomatic in his response:
But he is determined to be back up and running in good time to compete for next year's Tour.
The success of the Tour de France in Yorkshire is expected to create a tourism boom in the region.
A survey has shown a quarter of the country now want to visit Yorkshire. One third of people changed their opinion of the county after watching the biggest Grand Départ in history.