Will the Tour de France start...in Scotland?

Staff Writer
Sounds strange, but there's lobbying to bring the TdF across the Channel
Michelle Rudd

An image from the Tour of Britain, which goes through the Dumfies and Galloway in Scotland.

If all goes according to plan, the 2017 Tour de France will kick off in Edinburgh, Scotland. The tour has already started in England three times —1974, 1994 and 2007—but this would be a first for Scotland.

Europe’s Grand Tours—the Tour de France, the Giro d'Itala, and the Vuelta a Espana—have a long tradition of crossing borders. One year the Tour de France featured stages in no fewer than four different nations, and this year the Giro held a prologue and its first three stages in Denmark before bringing the race back to the more mountainous mother country.

Publicity group EventScotland says government officials are on board and supportive of the effort, reports CyclingNews.com.