Thursday, 17 January 2013
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert Welcomes Tour De France As Momentous Opportunity
Julian, who has been elected vice-chair of the All Party Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Tour de France, said the occasion will bring huge recognition for Cambridge when the race comes to the city on July 7, 2014.
“This is great news, a momentous opportunity for Cambridge and huge recognition for our city on the world stage,” he said. “We pride ourselves on being an important city for cycling and this decision has endorsed that. This event will be watched across the world putting Cambridge firmly in the spotlight.
“Nationally, 2012 was an outstanding year for British cycling marked by the victory of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and winning Olympic gold. At the same time, our government has demonstrated its commitment to cycling with new investment both nationally and in our city.
“Now it is crucial that we retain the momentum built up by these achievements so that we can continue to promote cycling. The Tour de France in Britain will go a long way to achieving that.”
Cambridge City Council Leader, Tim Bick said: “I am delighted that the Tour de France will be coming to Cambridge. This is the most prestigious race in the cycling calendar. It has recognised Cambridge as a hugely important city not least for where more people cycle than anywhere in the UK.”