Scotland bids for Tour de France start

David Millar agrees to act as ambassador
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Scotland is bidding to host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France within the next ten years, according to Sport.Scotsman.

This year the Grand Depart was held at Rotterdam, while London staged the prestigious Le Tour opening in 2007.

EventScotland chief operating officer Paul Bush met with Tour organiser ASO in Rotterdam on Saturday to initiate the bid.

Bush said: "We've had positive discussions with ASO and now we're looking at putting a proposal to them to bring the Grand Départ to Scotland in the next ten years. It sounds like a long time away, but that's the timeline they work to.

"After the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup [in 2014] it's the one we want."

"As far as I'm concerned this is the next jewel in the crown in terms of major events to come to Scotland. We've had the MTV Awards, we're going to get the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games, and the Tour would hopefully be next. It's such a huge, worldwide event - it's got an Olympic feel to it."

Scotland's David Millar, currently competing in the Tour de France, gave his backing to the bid: "I would love to be an ambassador. If we're talking of it happening in the next decade, then I think I may have to keep racing until I'm 43.

"It would be wonderful. Scotland would form such a spectacular backdrop and the only major challenge I can see are the logistics of transporting the entire Tour entourage back to France."

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