Government has set £10m aside for Tour de France in Yorkshire

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The Treasury has stepped in to commit millions of pounds to support the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

The £10m windfall comes despite criticism of the region’s plans from UK sports officials.

Yorkshire MPs are claiming it as a major victory after national sports quango UK Sport rejected organisers’ initial bid for public funding on Monday, raising concerns about their failure to set out how the event’s second stages in Cambridge and London would be staged, and about a lack of detail over how the money would actually be spent.

The £10m deal was confirmed by Culture Secretary Maria Miller last night at a meeting with a delegation of Yorkshire’s backbench Conservative MPs.

It will now be left for her officials to thrash out the details with organiser’s Welcome to Yorkshire over the coming weeks.

The agency’s chief executive Gary Verity said: “Welcome to Yorkshire welcomes the news the UK Government will provide £10m. With this support, Welcome to Yorkshire can now deliver the grandest of Grand Départs.”