£10m for Tour De France would benefit Sheffield

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SHEFFIELD is set to benefit from a share of £10 million of Government funding which could be handed out to make next year’s Tour De France Grand Départ the best-ever.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, is understood to be lobbying to ensure the city receives a substantial share of the money, which will pay for side events and ensure spectators can enjoy the action.

Sheffield is at the end of one of stage two of the cycling race’s preliminary event.

The route into South Yorkshire will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014, entering from West Yorkshire over Holme Moss, Woodhead Pass, Langsett, Bradfield, Oughtibridge, Grenoside, north Sheffield, Fir Vale, Grimesthorpe, Brightside, Wincobank and ending near Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena in Attercliffe.

A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: “Mr Clegg thinks the arrival of the Tour’s Grand Départ is fantastic news for Yorkshire and Britain as a whole, but he does not believe the Government has been supportive enough so far.

“Discussions are now taking place about making £10m of Government funding available to ensure the Grand Départ is the best ever.

“He is lobbying to ensure Sheffield receives its fair share.”

The three legs of the Grand Départ – which also include a stage in West and North Yorkshire, and one from Cambridge to London – is expected to boost Britain’s economy to the tune of about £100m.