FERRY crossings from Portsmouth to France are experiencing a boost thanks to the Tour de France, according to Brittany Ferries.
The ferry operator runs services across to St Malo, Cherbourg and Le Havre, where visitors can see the renown cycling race as it passes through.
This year the cycling race is celebrating its 100th year and started out on the island of Corsica for the first time on Saturday, June 29.
On Tuesday, July 9, the Tour de France will stop in St Malo, the Tour’s first visit since 2008.
Director of communications, Stephen Tuckwell, said: ‘Cycling has always been big business for us. Last year we took around 15,000 bikes to France and Spain.
‘When the sun comes out the bookings also spike so we are looking forward to a bumper weekend.’
He said that the new route to Le Havre is doing well, since its launch in May.
Stephen said: ‘We are doing very well, particularly down to Spain and also to Western France. We have opened a new route to Le Havre which is also doing well. We are enjoying a very, very good year.’
The Tour de France ends on Sunday, July 21 at the Champs Élysées in Paris.