The UK will bid to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2026 as part of a £ 30million government program to host major sporting events.
A plan to host the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup is also on the agenda with stages in Scotland and Wales also featured in the Tour draft.
He said: “I am excited about the prospect of hosting more world class sporting events in the UK. This is why I am supporting these UK offers, with over £ 40million in funding to support our cause.
“Our offerings will include events that will take place across the country, and I hope everyone has a chance to cheer on their sporting heroes.
“Britain is the best in the world in both rugby and cycling, and bringing these events home will allow thousands of people to see the next generation of British sporting heroes. “
Yorkshire hosted stages one and two of the Tour de France seven years ago, with the event then moving to London before heading to France.
The capital also hosted the UK’s first Grand Départ in 2007 before a 126 mile journey to Canterbury for the first leg.
British Cycling Managing Director Brian Facer said: “The Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire was an unforgettable celebration of our sport and is still being talked about to this day, inspiring a new generation of cyclists.
“Most importantly, these few days have highlighted our country’s credentials as one of the best cycling nations in the world, and we are delighted to support the UK government’s proposal to bring the sport’s flagship event back to these coasts in 2026. “
The Rugby Football Union plans to take a multi-city, multi-region approach to deliver the 2025 Global Centerpiece.
RFU Managing Director Bill Sweeney said: “We are absolutely delighted that the government has confirmed funding for the 2025 Rugby World Cup bid.
“If our application is successful, we are convinced that hosting this tournament across England would be a transformation for women’s and women’s football, attracting thousands of players, volunteers and spectators to our sport.
“By working with government, we can put forward a nomination that inspires and showcases the power of women’s sport on the world stage. “
Additional reporting by PA Media.