The opening stage of the Tour de France could be hosted in London in 2017, according to the London Evening Standard.
Ex-Tube boss Sir Peter Hendy and Transport for London’s roads chief Leon Daniels are believed to have had talks with Tour de France organisers Amaury Sport Organisation
Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting told the Standard: “The ASO are not focusing on the UK for no reason. They know we are the biggest growth market for cycling.
“The 2007 Grand Depart was a big event but it had no impact on the wider sporting public or national consciousness — it was just something that the cycling community celebrated. But 2017 would be a colossal national event like we saw in Yorkshire last year.”