London to bid for world championships

5:37pm Sunday 22nd July 2012

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On the day Bradley Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France, it was revealed that London will bid to host the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2016.

British Cycling has selected the capital - home to Wiggins - as its preferred choice ahead of Manchester and Glasgow with a decision on where the event will be staged expected in the winter.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "I want our great capital city to play its own part in the cycling revolution that is taking place by hosting the track cycling world championships in 2016. This is the best sports city in the world and the wonderful velodrome we have built in east London would be packed to the rafters for such an event."

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