Proposed programme of events leading up to Tour

Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris in 2013
Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris in 2013

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THE business case put to the government has proposed a week-long programme of events in the run-up to the Tour de France Grand Depart.

City leaders say they would stage a Tour-themed festival from Monday, July 1 to Monday, July 8, 2019.

The race headquarters would be based in central Portsmouth, in a location yet to be revealed, throughout the whole week from the Monday through to Sunday.

Wednesday, July 3, would be the day when the world’s media would get the chance to come and sign up to report on the occasion.

An opening ceremony and team presentations would be held the following day.

Friday, July 5, would be set aside for Le Tour training races and a ‘bike festival’ would be held in the evening, followed by a gala dinner.

Time trials along Portsmouth’s waterfront would happen on the Saturday.

And then Stage One of the Grand Depart would be put together on Sunday – and see riders cover a route yet to be confirmed connecting Portsmouth and Goodwood via West Sussex and Hampshire.

Riders would then be transferred to Caen.

Stage two of Le Tour, dubbed ‘Caen to Caen’, would happen on Monday, July 8.

Riders would take to the road via France via the D-Day beaches.