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Tour of Britain brings millions of pounds to Devon, say councillors

PUBLISHED: 13:09 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:10 07 March 2016

The Tour of Britain passes through Exeter in 2013

The Tour of Britain passes through Exeter in 2013

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The return of the Tour of Britain will be a financial shot in the arm for Devon, according to a leading county councillor

The Tour of Britain leaves Sidmouth at the start of the Devon stage in 2013The Tour of Britain leaves Sidmouth at the start of the Devon stage in 2013

News that the Tour of Britain would return to Devon this year has been welcomed by many in the county.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, who represents Sidmouth Sidford and has the county council remit for cycling, said: “Stages in 2013 and 2014 were unforgettable occasions. Record breaking crowds turned out across the county and boosted the local economy by almost £12 million.

“This year’s stage promises to provide another great show case for our beautiful county as a premier destination for cycling tourism.

“We’re proud that Devon will be a key feature of the race, providing the only summit finish of the 2016 Tour and organisers were so impressed with the atmosphere and organisation of the Sidmouth start in 2013 that they didn’t hesitate in wanting to return.

“Thanks must also go to East Devon and Teignbridge District Councils and Sidmouth Town Council for their financial support towards the event.”

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “East Devon’s stunning Jurassic Coast, which is a designated World Heritage Site, is a fantastic platform for showcasing the best of our beautiful district. People can enjoy the spectacle of top class professional cyclists battling for position, against a backdrop of our wonderful countryside and historic towns and villages.”

Councillor Jeremy Christophers, the Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: “Teignbridge is a pro-cycling district. Welcoming the Tour of Britain back to the finish at the summit of Haytor Rocks will be a great moment to complete a fantastic summer of sport and cultural events in South Devon.”

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