Barcelona hopes to host Tour de France’s kick off in 2014
The Mayor believes the Catalan capital has a real chance of being chosen as the starting city to the world’s most famous bike race and the Tour organisation says it is a ‘remarkable candidature’.
Barcelona (ACN). The Tour de France could set out from Barcelona in 2014. Tour organisers said the city has made a strong proposal and Barcelona\u2019s Mayor Jordi Hereu is \u201Chopeful\u201D that the Catalan candidature will be chosen and looks forward to \u201Csigning an agreement and the contract as soon as possible\u201D.
Hereu added that the cost of organising such an event in Barcelona would be a useful \u201Cinvestment\u201D, because of the \u201Ceconomic and promotional impact on the city\u201D. The mayor said the Tour \u201Ccreates benefit in the short, mid and long term\u201D and recalled that \u201Cif profits were generated back in 2009, then today it is clear that they will be multiplied\u201D. However, neither Hereu nor Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France\u2019s director, explained the economic cost of hosting the event.
Jordi Hereu and Pere Alcober, Sports technical director at the Town Hall, met Prudhomme and Yann Le Moëner, general director of the Amaury Sport Organizsation \u2013an association that organises many sporting events, the Tour de France included- in order to submit Barcelona\u2019s candidature in 2014. The experience of 2009, during which a stage of the Tour arrived in the capital of Catalonia, works in favour of the candidature. Prudhomme declared that they \u201Ccan\u2019t forget how the people of Barcelona came out to welcome the cyclists and participated in all the activities that were prepared for the day\u201D.
Italy, France and Great Britain have also presented proposals. Florence, for instance, has based its offer around the birthday of its greatest cyclist, Gino Bartalli. Despite this, Prudhomme confirmed that Barcelona has a \u201Cremarkable candidature\u201D.