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Transport for London rejects chance to host Tour de France in capital

PUBLISHED: 10:12 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:12 10 December 2015

Crowds of people, despite the rain, lined the streets as cyclists in the Tour de France rode through Stratford High Road in Newham.

Crowds of people, despite the rain, lined the streets as cyclists in the Tour de France rode through Stratford High Road in Newham.

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Three days of racing would have included routes through Bromley and Bexley

Reports suggest that the 2017 Tour de France could have passed through areas of south London, but the idea was rejected by Trnsport for London.

The proposed route would have seen three days of racing in east and west Sussex, Kent, Surrey and areas of the capital including Biggin Hill and Sidcup.

TfL, the body running the bid, reportedly pulled out of a deal just days before it was set to be announced, deciding the estimated £35million cost would be better spent elsewhere.

In chancellor George Osborne’s spending review last month, TfL were told that its £591m annual grant would be gradually withdrawn over the next three years.

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