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Tour de France in Gateshead, 'anything is possible'

Gateshead council float plans to host a stage of Le Tour de France Credit: DAVID STOCKMAN/Belga/Press Association Images

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.”

Gateshead hopes to host Tour de France

Gateshead could host a stage of the tour. Credit: PA Images

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.

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The Tour de France passes through Haworth in Yorkshire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

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