Florence In Bidding For 2014 TDF Grand Depart

Last updated : 23 February 2011 By Kev Monks
The Italian city of Florence is to bid for the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour De France it has been announced.

The tour has never started in Italy and there would have to be two or three stages before the race landed on French soil but officials from the City which will host the 2013 World Championships, are hopeful that they have a good chance of landing the biggest cycling race in the World.

Barcelona is also heavily tipped to be in the bidding for the race which this year starts in the Vendee region.

It has already been announced that the 2012 Grand Depart will be in the Belgium City of Liege and there are strong rumours that the 2013 tour will start in Corsica.

HTC-Highroad's Matt Goss won his first race of the season at the Jayco Bay Classic. Outsprinting a field of top sprinters Goss timed the in a difficult uphill finish perfectly to take the win from Chris Sutton and Allan Davis.

Goss, who is racing for a team out of his home state of Tasmania takes the lead in the four-day series in Geelong and hopes to retain they yellow to the end.

Goss's HTC-highroad teammates Leigh Howard and Mark Renshaw, racing for separate teams in this local event took 5th and 7th respectively.