Council leader welcomes Tour de France announcement

Coun Peter Box
Coun Peter Box

WAKEFIELD Council Peter Box has welcomed the news that the Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire.

He believes the world’s greatest cycle race will boost the local economy when the race departs in Leeds in July 2014.

Wakefield Council was a backer of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire’s bid earlier this year to bring the event to God’s own county.

Coun Box, a member of the Welcome to Yorkshire Board, said: “This is great news for the region, the Tour de France will bring a huge boost to the local economy and will set Yorkshire on the global map.

“We have got a lot to offer in Yorkshire and this is an excellent platform to showcase what’s best about the whole area.”

And council chief executive Joanne Roney pledged: “We will now work hard to ensure that this event leaves a lasting legacy across the district.”

The announcement that the Yorkshire bid had been successful was made by the race organisers in Paris today (Friday).

It will be the first time Le Tour has visited the north of England, having previously only taken in the south coast and London.