Some of the costs involved in bringing the Tour de France to the UK are now being totted up, showing that local councils paid £10.6m to Tour organisers, before stage costs are added in. Which is a bit odd, as we usually get loads of angry cyclists bombing around like they own the place for free [JOKE].
That stats have been totted up by the BBC, showing that Sheffield paid £200,000 to host the end of a stage, with total staging costs paid to race organisers of around £10.6m. And that's before taking into account local costs for clean-ups, toilets, security and more along the routes, money also paid by local councils.
And there's quite a north/south divide involved in bringing the Tour to the UK. Essex County Council says it didn't have to pay a thing as Transport for London paid for it all seeing as some of the stage passed through the capital, whereas poor old York had to stump up £500,000 all by itself to pay to host the opening of stage two.
In total, £6m was paid by TfL to bring le Tour through London, money it says came out of the city's £100m cycling budget. But it's all good, because when the Tour came to London in 2007 it led to an increase in cycling in the city. And that's what everyone wants to see, right? [BBC]