Glasgow Or Edinburgh For 2017 TDF Start?

Last updated : 23 February 2011 By Kev Monks
More has emerged on the rumours that came to life back in the summer that the country of Scotland was interested in staging a Grand Depart of the Tour De France.

David Millar is believed to behind a bid for the Grand Depart of 2017 to be in either Glasgow or Edinburgh. The opening day would be a prologue before the first stage would depart for the Scottish major city which did not host the opening prologue.

It is understood that the Scottish Goverment would pay most of the £5m needed to stage the Grand Depart, knowing that they e could make £50m+ plus from hosting the event.

Details of how the race would get to France are yet to be announced but Event Scotland CEO Paul Brush said to The Scotsman Newspaper: We think the event is a natural fit for Scotland with the history of the Auld Alliance and we've already had three meetings with the race organisers about a possible bid," Bush told the Scotsman.

"The event would have a huge impact if it was held here. The Tour would probably be based in the host city for up to a week before the first stage started and the impact on the economy would be huge."

This year's Tour starts in Vendee and its off to Liege in 2012. Corsica will host 2013 with either Florence or Barcelona lined up for 2014.