Welsh Conservatives call for Wales to bid to host the Tour de France

The Welsh Government should ‘pull out all the stops’ to sell Wales to the world, says a Conservative AM.


Shadow Economy, Transport, and Sport Secretary, Russell George AM, said hosting the event would further boost Wales’ reputation for hosting much-loved sporting events, following on from hosting last June’s UEFA Champions League final.


The capital will also be hosting next month’s Anthony Joshua boxing match, and has hosted a stage of cycling’s Tour of Britain for the past seven years, demonstrating Wales’ capacity to hold an event like the Tour de France.


The venture has already won the support of Cardiff-export and double Olympic track champion Geraint Thomas, as well as the Conservative Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns.


Mr George stated:


“If the Welsh Government truly are serious about selling Wales to the world as an attractive and competitive destination, then they must pull out all the stops to ensure that this globally famous event comes to our beautiful nation.


“Having the Tour in Wales would benefit the whole of the country, increase participation in cycling, and broadcast our splendid scenery across the world.


“This really is an opportunity to put Wales on the world stage once again.”