Plot to remove county from Tour campaign

Chris Froome, winner of 2013 tour.
Chris Froome, winner of 2013 tour.
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An investigation have revealed how senior sports officials plotted to remove Yorkshire’s name from next year’s Tour de France.

Minutes of a private meeting have exposed how the Department for Culture, Media and Sport decided to rebrand the event as all-England, removing the county from its title.

The move has been viewed as a snub to Yorkshire tourist bosses who were picked over the government’s own Scottish-based bid to secure the sporting feat.

Welcome to Yorkshire beat off bids from Edinburgh and Florence to host the event next July. Day two of the Tour will start in York and end in Sheffield.

Official documents obtained by the Yorkshire Post under the Freedom of Information Act show the government department met with VisitEngland to discuss ‘marketing the event as England’.

A Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokesman said: “We are working in close collaboration with all key stakeholders including Welcome to Yorkshire.”