The Tour de France will pass through the Bradford metropolitan district next year but bypass the city. "It's regrettable to say the least," said Bradford West MP George Galloway today, "but I hope it's not too late to persuade the organisers to change their minds."
Mr Galloway was commenting after the routes of the two 2014 stages through Yorkshire were revealed. The Tour, one of the world's biggest and most colourful events, will visit Leeds and Sheffield but cycling enthusiasts in Bradford will miss out.
"I'm extremely disappointed over the decision not to route the Tour de France through the city of Bradford," said George Galloway this morning. "In fact they seem to have decided a route which deliberately avoids the city, going to the leafy areas of Ilkley, Otley, Haworth and Keighley instead. I wrote to both the head of the Tour de France organising committee in Paris and the head of Welcome to Yorkshire to make the case that this city, which has many enthusiastic cyclists and wonderful architecture would be a great place to take the Tour though. I'm saddened they have simply ignored those arguments.
"But the fight isn't over. I am going to put a motion before parliament asking the Tour organisers to reconsider, we should get a petition up and the council should get behind the campaign. The council seem to have done precious little to get the Tour to come to Bradford city."