London mayor Boris Johnson: 'Hosting start of 2017 Tour de France not worth it'

Giant-Shimano rider Marcel Kittel of Germany crosses the line in first place at the end of stage three of the 2014 Tour de France in London on July 7, 2014
London mayor Boris Johnson says that he could not justify spending £35m on hosting the start of the 2017 Tour de France.

London mayor Boris Johnson has revealed that he is the reason why the city have pulled out of hosting the start of the 2017 Tour de France.

The UK capital managed to beat numerous cities, including Edinburgh and Manchester, to stage the elite race's Grand Depart, but Johnson has claimed that spending £35m on doing so would not be hugely beneficial to London.

"I will not waste cycling money on something that would only deliver very brief benefits," Johnson told BBC London 94.9.

"I'm afraid I have got to put my hands up here and say I took the decision not to go forward with it. You've got to take some tough decisions in government and I think 35m quid on a one-off event was just not worth it for London."

London hosted the end of the third stage last year.

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