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Portsmouth bid plan for Tour de France

Tour de France in Yorkshire Image copyright AP
Image caption Crowds line the route at Haworth in West Yorkshire during the Tour de France in 2014, which brought considerable benefits to the area

The council leader of Portsmouth has revealed plans to bid for stages of the Tour de France.

The city hosted part of the Tour de France in 1994 and it is hoped the race would return in 2018.

Conservative leader Donna Jones said putting a bid together was "expensive and complex" but securing the race for the area would be "fantastic".

Ms Jones said it would be a joint bid with French city Caen with support from a ferry company.

She said: "Before we can embark on it we need to make sure the risk we are taking with public money is a sensible and calculated risk.

"That's why we need key people on board."

She said work was being done to calculate the cost and logistics of a bid.

She said: "If we are successful in this bid the boost to Portsmouth, the Solent and the UK would be fantastic."

A stage of the Tour De France was held in Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London last year.

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