The Deputy Prime Minister is backing our bid to get Yorkshire cycling, while reassuring fans that the July Grand Depart will be delivered on budget.
Nick Clegg, leader of the Lib Dems, has spoken of his support for the YEP’s Let’s Get Cycling campaign, which urges residents, schools and business to make the most of Le Tour’s landmark visit by taking to two wheels and sharing their cycling pictures and stories with us.
With the Tour de France less than 100 days away from its Yorkshire debut, the politician explained how hopeful he was of Le Tour boosting cycling clubs and helping people to dust off their old bikes.
Mr Clegg told the YEP: “I’m a huge supporter of the Let’s Get Cycling campaign and I want to pay tribute to all the newspapers that have come together to deliver this campaign.”
He continued: “Before you know it we will have more people cycling – it’d be a wonderful thing if Yorkshire can be a county known for what we do on two wheels.”
Speaking after Welcome to Yorkshire’s Y14 conference, in Harrogate, on Thursday, the Deputy PM also expressed his confidence in the team delivering this year’s UK Tour stages.
Mr Clegg said: “You always have these questions over will it work? Will it be delivered on time? And we had this before the Olympics and day-in day-out before the Paralympics. I think once again the sceptics will be confounded and we will deliver a very successful Grand Depart on budget and on time.”
His comments come days after it was revealed that costs for the production of the Leeds to Harrogate stage one and York to Sheffield stage two – including traffic management, stewards, toilets, barriers and medical support – had been underestimated by over £2m. The budget for hosting three UK stages, including the July 7 Cambridge to London race, is £27m.
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