Leeds: Le Tour de France £2 million black hole

Team Sky's Chris Froome celebrates on the podium after winning The 2013 Tour de France in Paris, France. PIC: PA

Team Sky's Chris Froome celebrates on the podium after winning The 2013 Tour de France in Paris, France. PIC: PA

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The cost of marshalling and managing the Leeds launch and Yorkshire legs of the 2014 Tour de France has been underestimated by more than £2m, a damning new report has revealed.

The contract for “event production” for stages one and two of the Yorkshire Grand Départ – which includes traffic management, stewards, toilets, barriers, medical support and signage on day one from Leeds to Harrogate and day two from York to Sheffield – is worth almost £4.5m.

However that is £2.3m more than was originally budgeted for, and has left the event’s organisers – among them Leeds City Council – scrambling to plug the shortfall just 107 days before the international cycling race kicks off in the city on July 5.

 

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