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Application for the Tour de France after the Southend stage of the Women’s Tour – .



THE world-famous Tour de France could take to the streets of Southend as the borough seeks to host more major sporting events.

The advisers are now working with Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge to make a government offer and host the cycling event in South Essex.

It comes as Southend hosted the fourth stop of the hugely successful Women’s Tour cycle race through the Borough and parts of Rochford in October.

If the offer is successful, it would be the second time the Tour de France has visited Essex. Crowds gathered in the streets of Chelmsford in July 2014 to welcome some of the world’s best cyclists.

Dan Nelson, Conservative Councilor for the Southchurch Ward, unveiled his big plans for the future with help from Mr Duddridge.

He said: “The government has announced that it will invest money to bid for other major events in the UK, including a fund to bring the Tour de France to the UK.

“I think Southend has proven himself that we can run major cycling events and I am happy to say that James Duddridge agrees with me and has written to the Secretary of State asking them and making sure Southend in is part. submission and I hope we will be successful.

Mr Duddridge said: “After the recent success of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour in Southend, we should look to organize even more world-class events that promote healthy lifestyles and exercise, but also bring investment and tourism in our new city.

“I fully support Cllr Nelson’s vision to bring the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2026 to the new town of Southend, and have written to the Secretary of Culture to request that our town be included in the bid. “

Mr. Nelson helped bring the Women’s Tour to Southend for the first time.

On Thursday, he told a plenary council meeting how successful the event had been.

He said: “After the event I spoke to the organizers of Sweet Spot and they were very, very clear, it was the best stop they’ve ever put on the women’s circuit. “

Mr Nelson said the tour was particularly poignant for him as it was attended by the late MP Sir David Amess.

He said: ‘This was the last time I saw Sir David alive and seeing the results of the audience figures where nearly a million people watched the Shoebury scene in Southend on all platforms, I thinks he would be really proud of what we accomplished that day. “



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